She may be known for her Men's Health magazine column "Ask the Girl Next Door," but giving guys sex and relationship advice isn't Nicole Beland's only specialty. Dr. Oz talks with Nicole about her interest in Buddhist philosophies and her book Girl Seeks Bliss: Zen and the Art of Modern Life Maintenance.
Nicole says she's always been a bit of an angry, aggressive and easily stressed-out person. Her book, Girl Seeks Bliss: Zen and the Art of Modern Life Maintenance, is about some of the techniques—based off Buddhist tradition—she says she uses to make her life calmer and happier, including meditation. "Basically you breathe and focus on breathing," she says. "You count your exhales up to five…when you get to five, you start over again at one," she says.
Nicole says people can cope better in nearly any situation just by meditating and breathing properly. "Undoubtedly [meditation] has helped me argue less, get less stressed out and, in general, just freak out a lot less," she says. "I do it when I am on the subway, I do it when I am standing in line, I do it at work. I do it anytime I feel myself having an emotion I don't like that is unpleasant that I might normally react poorly to."
Printed from Oprah.com on Thursday, December 5, 2013