In Mussar, hitbod'dut (literally aloneness or seclusion) is the practice of sitting alone in silence for an amount of time (maybe 10 or 15 minutes). Hitbod'dut gives you the opportunity to reflect and just "turn off" your brain for a little while. Often, your thoughts will turn to things you have to do, bills you have to pay, or errands that need to run but eventually (and definitely with some practice) you may begin to experience a state of calm and serenity.
Hitbod'dut, or meditation, can help us feel refreshed and ready to greet the rest of the day with gusto. Sitting for a few minutes can also help us calm our mind and leave us capable of focusing on whatever task is next.
Here are some amazing links to help you get started with some easy meditation:
Calm - I feel like I'm in a spa when I use this website. There's also an app for your phone so you can meditate on the go. (Thanks to Tammy at Rowdy Kittens for this awesome link.)
Meditation for Beginners at Zen Habits - Leo Babauta is a wonderful blogger and minimalist. His website was one of the firsts I read to get more into minimalism.
More Meditation, More Gratitude, Better Living - This is a lovely post from Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist. Joshua's story was mainly the one that helped me kick off my own minimalist journey.
Meditation for Real People - Courtney Carver at Be More With Less is also one of my favorite minimalist bloggers.
Do you meditate? If so, do you have any favorite posts that started you off or any favorite apps or other things that help you keep up your practice?