5 Minute Meditations: Your Daily Guide

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| LAST UPDATE 06/12/2022

By Peral Simons
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We're all familiar with the benefits of Meditation. The practice of connecting to yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically is believed to help you feel relaxed and calm. But finding the time in our busy schedules to sit down and prioritize it as a routine part of our day can be a challenge. Not only do we need to be able to effectively forget about our daily stresses for a while, but we also need to find the time to do it. Thankfully, there is a solution. This technique is simple and easy to do from the comfort of your own home or office. The best part? It will only take five minutes! Here's how...

Firstly, you will set a timer for five minutes. Yes, timers are rarely associated with the calmest of situations, but this will help you ensure you don't get carried away in the moment and consequently forget your various other responsibilities. Next, you will ground yourself. This means finding the position or location that works best for you and will help you feel relaxed. If you're sitting on the floor, try to cross your legs. If you're on a chair, make sure your feet are firmly on the ground.

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The next step is to check your posture. Slouching can prevent your body from fully relaxing, so make sure your back is straight but not tensed up. Ensure you are not holding onto tension in any part of your body, particularly in your shoulders, neck, and jaw. Your eyes can be open or closed for the duration of the meditation - but whichever you choose, stick with it throughout. If your eyes are open, stare at a single point about three feet away from you. Now you're ready to start the timer.

Begin to focus on your breathing. The aim here is to find a way to breathe deeply but in a way that feels natural and can be kept up evenly for the full five minutes. As you begin to do this, your brain will attempt to fill your mind with other thoughts but concentrate hard on paying attention to your breathing. Every time you get distracted, return to your breath, focusing on inhaling and exhaling. The distractions will become less powerful with practice, and soon enough, you'll be a meditating pro.

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