I started working meditation into my morning routine two years ago. It’s so good for me mentally and emotionally. It’s a really peaceful and relaxing way to give yourself the time you need before starting a busy day.
I love that it helps me clear my mind and gain more awareness to help me get through a busy schedule. But there are countless reasons why people choose to meditate. You can do it to promote clarity and inner peace, fine-tune intuition, boost your ability to focus, enhance creativity, and even induce a sense of happiness. The list goes on and on.
If you’ve thought about meditating but don’t think you have the time or know where to start. Here’s a simple 5-minute meditation technique you can work into your busy schedule.
To get started:
1.Find A Quiet Spot
Find a quiet place free from distractions. This could be in or outdoors. Come up with a time and place where you can visit regularly for your mindful meditation.
2. Set A Timer
Five minutes is a good amount of time for beginners to get comfortable with meditation. Start with 5 and slowly ease your way up to 15- 40 mins. You determine what length of time works best for you.
3. Fix Your Posture
When seated, make sure your posture is correct. Sit as upright as possible, cross your legs with your hands in a comfortable position. Keep your neck long and your chin tilted slightly downwards. Relax your shoulders and finally close your eyes.
4. Focus On Your Breathing
Taking slow and controlled deep breaths will help calm the body. Focus on the natural rhythm of your heartbeat. While taking these few deep breaths then turn the focus from the outside world and begin looking within.
5. Allow Your Mind To Be
As you direct attention to your deep breathing for the rest of your meditation session it’s common for you to fall asleep or even lose focus. Don’t worry! Your mind might wonder. Just refocus back on your breathing.
6. Have Patience
When your 5 minutes is up before opening your eyes again. Take a second to acknowledge gratitude and be thankful. Then slowly bring attention back into your body.
That’s it, you’re all done! You have officially completed a 5-minute meditation. Easy right?
Remember, consistency is key to experiencing the full benefits of meditation. Most challenges we experience day-to-day can be alleviated with mindfulness meditation. Buddha said it best.
Peace comes from within, do not seek it without – Buddha
Mindfulness allows the brain to process information more effectively – making it easier to navigate through life stressors like fighting anxiety, memory loss, depression, helps regulate emotions and improve academic performance.
So give this simple 5-minute mindful meditation technique a try, be consistent and see what positive effects benefit your mental and emotional health. Be sure to tell us how it has helped by joining the discussion and comment below!