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Only Five Minutes A Day

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Meditation has many benefits. Many doctors nowadays recommend meditation as part of a treatment and many high-performing individuals practice it as well.

Meditation is an exercise for your brain. It’s a discipline. It’s not easy to sit in silence. 

Five minutes can easily feel like twenty. Thoughts about your family life, work, deadlines, and even your next meal can surface. I have heard many times we have a monkey mind, and we must control it, otherwise it will control us. When we are stressed, we lose sight of our priorities. We become easily irritated and prone to injury. Insomnia, anxiety, and depression start to become normal parts of our life. Meditation can and will reduce them. 

"You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day - unless you're too busy; then sit for an hour." - Old Zen adage

Meditation is an ancient discipline; many religious traditions practice it in some way. Although each is distinct, they hold common principals: awareness of posture, breath, and thoughts. Modern medicine has only recently begun researching what ancient civilizations have known all along. Now there are numerous studies that confirm the benefits of daily meditation. One particular study by a Harvard neuroscientist says Meditation not only reduces stress it literally changes your brain.

Some benefits of daily meditation are:

  • Reduced stress

  • Improved concentration

  • Increased happiness

  • Encouragement of a healthy lifestyle

  • Increased self-acceptance

  • Slowed aging

  • Improved cardiovascular and immune system

There are many types of meditation, and like any other discipline, you must find the style that works best for you.

Sitting in silence as little as five minutes every day will help you build the habit.

The simplest form of meditation is sitting quietly and observing your breath. Reduce or turn off any distracting noise. Find a comfortable place to sit. Make sure you are at ease and can stay in that position without moving for at least five minutes. Close your eyes and observe your breath. You may choose to focus on its speed, temperature, quality or texture.  If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your breath. You can set a timer if you like but sit there for at least five minutes. 

There are many free online meditation resources.  Visit Psycom to find links to different types of guided meditations, meditation apps, meditation music and more.

If you have meditated in the past and stopped, or if you have been considering it but are unsure how to start, just start by sitting quietly. Make time for yourself! There is no better time than now.


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