Manoj Dias How to make time for morning meditation.

Manoj Dias How to make time for morning meditation.

  • Words George Upton
  • Photography Justin Chung

Manoj Dias is a man of habit. Every morning, after he wakes up, he meditates for half an hour and performs breathing exercises. Then he sits with a cup of tea and contemplates the day ahead before working out. “I go for anything that’s going to elevate my heart rate,” he says. “Something that’s going to get me into my body at the start of the day.”

It’s a ritual that has been decades in the making. Dias, who was born in Sri Lanka and raised in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, became a meditation and mindfulness teacher after a decade spent working in marketing and finance in Melbourne—a lifestyle that he found increasingly unhealthy. Mindfulness—with its ability to “give us the choice between stimulus and response,” as Dias puts it—opened the door for him to a m...

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