This former Buddhist monk and mindfulness expert shares how you can train your brain to be more alert in just 10 minutes

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1. Meditation:

1. Meditation:
Allow thoughts to come and go and don’t focus on them. Meditation is familiarizing ourselves with the present moment. But we also need to know how to approach it in the right way to get the best from it. It's more about stepping back, sort of seeing the thought clearly, witnessing it coming and going, emotions coming and going without judgment, but with a relaxed, focused mind.
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2. Focussed relaxation:

2. Focussed relaxation:

What usually happens when we're learning to be mindful is that we get distracted by a thought. It's only in learning to watch the mind in this way that we can start to let go of storylines and patterns of mind.

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3. Different perspective:

3. Different perspective:

Meditation offers the opportunity, the potential to step back and to get a different perspective, to see that things aren't always as they appear. We can't change every little thing that happens to us in life, but we can change the way that we experience it.

4. Familiarisation:

4. Familiarisation:

Familiarize yourself with the present moment so that you get to experience a greater sense of focus, calm and clarity in your life.

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