Counting Meditation

“Appreciate the moment.”

Isamu Noguchi
A mid-century style clock and kitchen timer.
Isamu Noguchi, “Measured Time” clock and kitchen timer, c. 1932, Carnegie Museum of Art, Second Century Acquisition Fund, © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY/ARS, New York/SPDA, Tokyo

Find a quiet place and enjoy this Counting Meditation inspired by Measured Time a clock and kitchen timer by designer Isamu Noguchi. Don’t forget to adjust your own clocks for Day Light Saving Times.

Follow along with the audio or text below.

Step-by-Step Meditation

Listen to Counting Meditation:

  1. Take a few moments to slow down and look at this work.
  2. Move your attention around the numbers on the face of the clock.
  3. Consider how many times you look at a clock throughout the day. How you can bring more mindfulness to this daily activity?
  4. Now, close your eyes and begin following the breath.
  5. Count from 1 to 12, like a clock, as you continue to follow the breath. On each inhale imagine the breath is like the ticking of a clock. On each exhale count up, starting at 1.
  6. Inhale. Exhale 2. Inhale. Exhale 3. Continue in this way until you reach 12. Then, begin again.
  7. If your mind wanders, acknowledge the thought without any judgement, and begin counting again from 1.
  8. Continue like this, using the counting as a tool to stay in the present moment.