"First, a person simply sits down," Daiho said. "The first aspect is Posture (a person sits down, crosses the legs and sits upright). The second aspect is Breath (for beginners in particular, you try to breathe through the nose, allowing it to find its own natural rhythm). The third aspect is Mind (that's the hardest; our brain produces thoughts, like our heart produces beats). "The training is to notice these thoughts, bring attention back to breath, notice you have a thought, go back to breath. "Do that for a period of, say, 25 minutes," Daiho said. "Your breath will naturally slow down, find its own rhythm. You will hear it slow down, and your blood pressure will go down.
•"Happiness: A Guide To Developing Life's Most Important Skill," by Matthieu Ricard
• "Wherever You Go, There You Are," and "Full Catastrophe Living," by Jon Kabat-Zinn
•"Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" by Shunryu Suzuki