by Matt Alderton | January 16, 2014

Feeling a bit frazzled at the office? A little meditation might be just what the doctor ordered, according to blogger Jason Lee Overbey, a former preacher turned businessman.

"I had heard about the benefits and real power of meditation. Studies had even been done and, for crying out loud, it was helping cancer patients. But it seemed so spooky and ethereal. It certainly never seemed practical," he says. "I thought I couldn't learn how to meditate. I had some idea it took a retreat under some Master in the forest. I thought I didn't have the time to slow down — especially at work. But something still called me to it. I couldn't get away from it. I knew viscerally there really was something to it."

According to Overbey, meditation isn't about clearing the mind of thoughts. "That is impossible," he says. "The mind naturally moves from one thought to another. I could try 'to not think' but would quickly learn that it was silly. When my mind did wander during meditation I was only to notice it — pay attention to the drifting — and simply come back. Now I could start."

If you're a beginner, the best way to meditate at work is to observe your breath. "This is the simplest — most effective — form of meditation," Overbey says. "Stop what you're doing as if to signal to the body that a change is about to occur. Rest your feet flat on the floor. With eyes open or closed slow your breathing. If you are at work it is probably somewhat labored. For a few minutes just pay attention to your breathing. Watch it. Notice your chest, abdomen, shoulders rise and fall."

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