The research about the benefits of meditation is overwhelmingly positive. However, how often have I found myself two-minutes in, realizing that I am going through my to-do list, not zenning out.
Try out binaural beats. Using headphones, you play a slightly different frequency between the left and right ear, which helps the brain to hear a third frequency. Somehow this induces the brain to enter into meditation-like states.
I'll be honest—I don't fully get the science. However, in my experience, my brain chatter stops and I easily zone out. Studies show that these tracks can reduce stress-inducing cortisol by 70%. Damn.
So today, take the easy way out to give your brain a break.