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"I feel idiotic repeating a mantra."

Mantra, shmantra. "When you say 'meditation,' people still picture robes, shaved heads and chanting," says Rich Pierson,

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Photo by: CN Digital Studio

"I feel idiotic repeating a mantra."

Mantra, shmantra. "When you say 'meditation,' people still picture robes, shaved heads and chanting," says Rich Pierson, cofounder of Headspace (GetSomeHeadspace.com), a meditation company, along with Andy Puddicombe, a joke-cracking former Buddhist monk. But all you have to do is focus on steadying your breath, Pierson says. You'll feel more relaxed, and your heart rate will slow, the Indian Journal of Medical Research reports. Close your eyes and count your slow inhalations and exhalations silently up to 10, then repeat. Or use the free Headspace app to guide you. "It's so simple. There's nothing New Agey about it," Puddicombe says. (Except the Zen feeling, obviously.)

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Thu, Jun 28, 2012 2:38 PM EDT
SELF magazine



Inner peace just got easier. You don't need quiet, incense or hours to meditate, and you can scrap the chanting. Better: Ninety-five percent of you say you're calmer after a single 10-minute session. Whatever your excuse (see ours), get your om on and reap the rewards.



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