1. Om: Begin your practice with the chant om.
2. Meditation: Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position. Place your palms on your thighs. Open your eyes about halfway and rest your gaze on the floor five feet in front of you. Focus your attention on the breath. Whenever you realize you’ve gotten caught up in a thought, label that activity “thinking” and return your attention to your breath.
This will happen over and over, and it’s no problem. Meditation is a practice of noticing, interrupting, and returning to your immediate sensory experience. Practice waking up and letting go as a way to get to know yourself better, to understand your own habits—which will, in turn, lead to understanding others better and feeling more connected to them. Sit like this for at least 10 minutes.