Mindful Commute, Tokyo

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Staying mindful in the world’s busiest rush hour

Takadanobaba Station, Tokyo Takadanobaba Station, Tokyo

“It is best to do it in a time and place in which you feel comfortable and secure, and at a time when you will not be interrupted by anyone…” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Sounds great, Jon, but who has time for that? Meditation only fits my workday schedule if it can squeeze, Tokyo-train-passenger-style, into my morning routine. Already I’m up before dawn, when the sky is still the colour of grilled seaweed, and before the garbage crows start their raucous rounds through my neighbourhood in west Tokyo.

Resist the urge to check email or browse the net, and instead work a little yoga, Qigong, or Tai Chi into the morning routine. Maybe some “puppy dog” forward bends as you work your way day by day into a full sunrise salutation (but first, downward-facing dog). Do it now, and that’s one…

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