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Learning How to Exhale

Learning How to Exhale

She’d been tearing through her days at breakneck speed. So how did Catherine Price learn to slow down and savour life’s breezes? One majestic mountain meditation at a time.

When I decided to take up meditation, it seemed so easy – slip on a pair of yoga pants, force your legs into a half lotus, and “On” your way to serenity and bliss. Forget that my hips are too tight for even a quarter of a lotus or that the last time I felt truly serene, prescription drugs were involved. I had to try it – I needed to find a way to slow down.


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Stop. Be here right now.

Mindful, age-old Buddhist teachings help us slow down, writes Shanthini Naidoo.

Our fast-paced lives tend not to be good for us. Stress has a huge impact on our society. Many of our physical ailments are stress-related - whether we suffer from heart disease, depression, headaches or high blood pressure.

And so the age-old, but recently trending topic of mindfulness presents itself. At its most basic, mindfulness is "being here, right now".

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It is not easy to always be present, it is not easy to always remember to fit mindfulness in my life, but each time I do, I am rewarded in abundance, even in the difficult times.

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