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Alternative Health: We Dare You To Meditate For 3 Minutes

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In keeping with our month-long theme of good health, this week is all about satisfying the dirty hippie in you with alternative methods of wellness. Yesterday, ScientIST gave you some traditional and non-traditional suggestions for kicking your smoking habit. Today, we bring you a challenge: meditation.

Meditation is an age-old way to relax your mind. As you slip into mindfulness, nagging thoughts of the cold recession, and tonight’s blind date with your accountant's cousin will dim. Redondo Beach resident Jay Stinnett believes that you can begin this path with only three minutes. Bring a friend, too. Meditation is for everyone.

“The rap about meditation is it’s somehow ethereal, says Stinnett. "It's actually blue collar.” Stinnett’s website is 3 Minutes of Silence. It offers easy-to-practice guides to many world culture’s means of mediation. “Meditation’s like picking your favorite brand of coffee,” he offers. “You try different types until you see which meditative practice fits best for you.”