Jase Te Patu is a well-known mindfulness and yoga teacher and co-owner of
“Mediation should not be difficult or a chore. Honestly, the intention, truly, is to find some stillness and quiet amongst the busyness that is our daily lives. Each day we’re assaulted with technology, deadlines, pressure, stressors… it’s a lot for our mental wellbeing to process. I’ve been meditating daily for 8 years now and can’t emphasise enough how powerful and impactful it’s been on my life! Like anything, you only get better with practice and 10 minutes a day is a small amount of time to spend on our mental stillness, peacefulness and clarity.
“For me, I like to practice right after waking up, this way it’s done. I’ve set my intention for the day, had a few moments of peace
Meditating tips for travellers
If you’re keen to give it a try, we have some of Jase’s tips below – you can use them in flight, at your destination or even at home if you’re aim is to begin a meditation practice:
- Sit comfortably and know that if you need to move, do it, but mindfully and slowly.
- I set a timer for 10 minutes and sit up with my eyes closed. There are lots of trains of thoughts about lying down when meditating, but watch that you don’t drift off to sleep. Sitting for me is both comfortable and more sustainable for me to find a sense of ‘relaxed attentiveness.’
- The approach is always soft when we meditate – meaning a relaxed attitude.
- I watch my breath and physically feel the breath enter and exit the body whilst noticing my body decompress and relax.
- The mind will want to meander off, but the breath is such an easy tool to focus on to anchor us back into the moment and the body.
- This is how I sit until my alarm finishes – I also use an app, 1GiantMind, that I find brilliant and simple to use.
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