Think you don’t have time to meditate? You’re the perfect candidate.
Meditation might seem just for easygoing, zen types, but if you hustle through life as hard as wellness chef Charles Chen, you are actually a prime candidate for meditating.
Chen is a chef, entrepreneur, and vivacious host of the online cooking show Kitchen Hustle, where “hustlers learn how to fuel their passions.” Throughout his childhood, Chen struggled with his health. As a teenager, he was prediabetic and a self-proclaimed couch potato who had no energy or motivation to make healthier choices. After hitting what he calls his “rock bottom moment,” he reclaimed his health, lost more than 100 pounds, and now helps others fuel their “bodies, mind, and spirit starting in the kitchen.”
Sitting on the floor and focusing on your breaths might be what first comes to mind when you imagine someone meditating, but you can vary your technique: yoga, sipping tea at your kitchen table, or even mindfully doodling or coloring in a coloring book can work just as well. (Check out this 10-minute yoga routine to combat stress and anxiety.) The ultimate goal? Slow down. As long as you’re setting aside time to slow down, relax, and breathe, it can be just as “meditative” as the whole lighting-candles-and-sitting-cross-legged thing.
But if you’d like to try meditation the traditional way, here is a guided meditation to get you started.
Charles Chen is a chef, host, and wellness expert based in Los Angeles and New York City.
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My name is Charles Chen.
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I am a wellness chef.
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I gained over 100 pounds.
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I was prediabetic.
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I had heart problems.
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Food actually saved my life.
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I transformed my life through food.
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Meditation is just not sitting
on a couch in a Buddha position.
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The reason why I meditate is because
it allows me to have self awareness.
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Self awareness is key and
essential to any success.
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Meditation is basically just giving
yourself some time to step back and
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Through meditation, through anything
of awareness, breath work, yoga,
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walking your dog, tea,
all these things just slow you down.
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Slow the heck down.
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I'm a hustler for sure, take a break.
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Take five minutes,
take ten minutes to yourself.
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If you don't know how to meditate,
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there are a bunch of meditation
apps that will help guide you and
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they'll walk you through it, so you're
not just sitting there feeling stupid.
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I promise you that if you give yourself
just five minutes, start with two minutes,
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five minutes, do a guided meditation,
that you'll feel so much better.
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