Hi, I'm Lisa Dawn Angerame. I'm one of the founding partners of Nava NYC, a collective of nine yoga and meditation teachers in New York City. Our website is www.NavaNYC.com. Today, I will be talking to you about meditation. To practice daily meditation is to make a commitment -- a commitment to your practice and a commitment to yourself. When you practice daily, you will find out more about yourself than in any other practice that you do. It is important to find a time that works for you. For some of us, that is first thing in the morning, when we wake up. For some, it is evening time at the end of a long day, but before the evening activities begin. And for others, it is right before bedtime. Any time of the day that you choose though, set that as your daily time.
Then the next step is to find a place to meditate. Find a comfortable area that can house your meditation tools; your timer, your cushion, your altar; photographs that you want to have around you. And this way, you have a place to go, that all the energy from your meditation feeds into. And then, you make your commitment to sit. Start with five minutes every day. When you sit down, close your eyes and feel calmness come over you. Start to focus on your breath. As the breath moves in, you can silently say, "inhale," and as the breath moves out, you can say, "exhale." Do this as you continue your meditation practice, until your timer goes off. Do this daily. Practice daily, and you will find deep changes in your life and in your relationships.