Cross-legged or in the lotus position, a straight back with the hands touching the legs and the eyes half-closed. In order to approach the practice of meditation it is possible to start with the advice of the Dalai Lama, using these apparently simple gestures to become familiar with an age-old practice handed down through all the histories of religion and which is still with us today.

It serves to rid the mind of too many thoughts and to stay in the present moment in which we are living, in the here and now.

There are many ways of meditating, but the simplest one to learn is to pay attention to our own breathing, to the air entering and leaving the body, which can be perceived as a wave.

When breathing in we can imagine we are taking in white light, sending it all through the body regenerating us and recharging our batteries.

Then, when we breathe out, we can imagine we are expelling every impurity from our body and our mind.

Learning to practise this technique over time induces a sensation of calm, relaxes our muscles, improves our decision-making skills, making us less impulsive.