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A Little Meditation

I have always appreciated the practice of meditation and what it can do for the mind, including how it can help control our emotions. I've been reading up on it a little more recently and have spoken to some friends who also practice it, so I was really interested in giving it a go. Well, now I am giving it a go.

I want to ease myself into it by practicing for a short period everyday. For the next month, I will get up at 06:15 and meditate for 10 minutes, hopefully free of disturbance and distraction. My cats might have other plans, but we’ll see.

Because this is so new to me, I think it’s really useful to experience guided meditations, so I decided to download the app ‘Waking Up with Sam Harris’, which a number of people have recommended to me. Although I’m going to begin with 10 minute sessions first thing in the morning, I do plan to eventually book-end the day with another 10 minute session in the evening, which my friend, Zen Buddhist, and meditation teacher Andō suggested I try.

Although I do see myself as a calm and collected person, I do experience anxiety, stress, and agitation from time to time, so I do feel there’s a lot of value I can get out of practising meditation. I’ll publish a follow-up to this in a few months time to share my experience.

If you’re already practicing, what works well for you? How did you start and how do you practice today? Let me know.

Carl MH Barenbrug

Creative Director



Minimalism Life




I'm Carl MH Barenbrug, a multidisciplinary maker and creative director currently living in Edinburgh. I run a small independent magazine called Minimalissimo, which is dedicated to minimalism in design—a passion of mine that extends to a lifestyle. I strongly believe that better design is simpler design. From the approach, to the function, to the aesthetic.

I also run a couple of other collaborative side projects called Minimalism Life and Mnmllist, and I'm always open to work on something new.

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