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Can you find Zen in 30 seconds or less?

In Toronto, Maria Gonzalez, founder and president of Argonauta StrategicAlliances Consulting, who teaches meditation to business leaders, emphasizes the importance of practising micro-mediation in tandem with longer sessions of at least 10 minutes.

Doing micro-meditation without longer meditation is like leading an active life (walking instead of driving or taking the stairs instead of the elevator) without actually working out, she says; it's better than nothing. "But in terms of getting into shape, that's not going to do it," she says, explaining that formal meditations are necessary to achieving profound and long- term results.

Beyond managing stress and training your brain to be more attentive, there's another compelling reason to incorporate micromeditations throughout the day. Most people, particularly those untrained in meditation, go through life missing out on much of what's going on around them, Ms. Gonzalez says.

"When they're having lunch, they're planning dinner.... When they're driving their kid to soccer, they're thinking about when it's going to be over and how long it's going to take to get back," she says.

"The average person never lives in this moment. But life only happens in this moment. If you've missed this moment, you've missed life."

April 23, 2012
Wency Leung
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