To take an effective break, you just need to let go for awhile.
Put your thoughts on hold.
Just sit back, close your eyes and let go.
Whatever you were thinking about just then will wait for 5 or 10 minutes.
Follow your breath for awhile and come back refreshed.
Let the yogi Gen Tarchin tell us how…
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“Sit in a relaxed comfortable position, with your back as straight as possible without being uncomfortable or tense.
And now scan through you body, looking at all the different parts of your body, one at a time, to make sure they’re comfortable and relaxed, free from tension or strain.
If you find any areas of tension, relax them.
And now turn your attention to the subtle sensation at the tip of your nostrils, or perhaps just inside your nostrils [or even on your lips], associated with each inhalation, each exhalation of the breath.
For a few moments, notice the slightly cooler sensation associated with the inhalation; and the slightly warming sensation, or pressure, associated with the exhalation.”
In this way, just observe the subtle tactile sensation of the breath for a few minutes.
Taken from the first 3 minutes of a meditation given by Gen Kelsang Tarchin, fully qualified meditation master, at MKMC in 2011.
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Reminiscent of Tharpaland, Tarchin’s retreat centre in Scotland.
It used to be one of my favourite places. It felt incredibly serene and blessed.