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Chapter 8It's Not a Religion. It's a Lifestyle.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

—Albert Einstein

Saying you can't meditate because your mind wanders is like saying you can't exercise because you're out of shape. Just get started. As you cultivate a mindful lifestyle, bring the practices into every aspect of life. Replace the routines that don't serve you with ones that do. Here are some of the questions we get when coaching executives on making mindfulness a lifestyle.

What's the Right Age to Try Mindfulness?

The short answer is now. Getting into a mindfulness practice is like going to the gym. People generally start when they're going through something difficult (for example, a breakup, putting on weight, bad boss, death of a loved one, sleep issues, and so on), and they want to feel better. When it comes to your mental and emotional wellbeing, don't wait for a crisis.

Mindfulness Is for the Masses

Mindfulness training is for anyone who wants to be happier, reduce stress, increase their resilience, or improve their “performance”—whatever that means for you. You don't have to be a certain height to ride, but we do see trends where people seem most motivated to manage the stress at key points in their lives.

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