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Reboot Your Mind While Waiting

By Alison Bowen
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Instead of throwing your hands in the air and muttering a profanity next time your computer is on the fritz, how about centering yourself? Author and Science writer James Kingsland suggests making a conscience decision to calm your nerves through meditation.

Chicago Tribune

Waiting for your computer to load can be frustrating.

Author and science writer James Kingsland recommends using that waiting time for meditation and mindfulness.

“It used to be a source of frustration, having to wait for my old computer to boot up,” he said.

With meditation, he added, “it’s kind of a way of rebooting your mind while your computer is booting up.”

Most experts consider mindfulness to be thinking through what you’re feeling and taking in surroundings through your senses.

“Even just in that 15 to 30 seconds, I could use that time to sit back, relax my shoulders and focus on the sensation of my feet on the floor, of my body on the chair and perhaps close my eyes and start to focus on my breath as it goes in and out of my nostrils,” said Kingsland, who is based in London and author of “Siddhartha’s Brain: Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment.”

Gently focus on your breath, he said.

This exercise allows you to begin the day with calm and focus.

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