Our brain is a muscle, and it needs exercise. Meditation is just that: an exercise of focus, a form of brain training that has been shown to increase our ability to concentrate and pay attention, even when we are not being quiet. Slowing down our brain typically slows down the rest of us. Meditation lowers our heart rate and cortisol levels, which, helps us manage stress, get more sleep, and reduce physical tension. We don’t need to head to a mountaintop and sit in lotus posture for days – although that could certainly be a transformative experience! At some point during the day, simply try to sit in silence and focus your mind for 10-15 minutes. If nothing else, it has the added bonus of 15 extra minutes of kid-free alone time!