5 minutes is all it takes.
There is ever increasing evidence about the incredible benefits meditation has on our health. It cannot be denied. Meditation is less about stopping the thoughts (because we would all love to if we could), but about being present in the moment. It is also called Mindfulness. Being “mindful” in the moment. It is single pointed focus, the opposite of multi tasking. Here are a few ways you could meditate for 5 minutes every day
- Be in nature
Set your timer for 5 minutes. Notice everything around you. Feel the leaves and earth under your feet. Count how many different greens you can see. As you breathe in the fresh air, notice the scents and smells. What time of day it is, what season it is. Is the sun shining, how does it feel against your skin? What is the temperature of the air? What sounds can you hear in nature, birds, and insects? Really be there, in the moment.
- Sit and watch your own movie
Just sit still, preferably crossed legged in a peaceful space somewhere special. Just sit. And watch the thoughts or images. Notice what passes. No need to stop them. Watch the movie in your mind. What is it saying and playing? Just notice and let it flow, but be completely in the moment with them. Notice how they make you feel, what sensations come up in the body. What movie are you playing today?
- Music or recording
Pick some music that uplifts you and has a positive message. Stop everything else you are doing, take everything out of your hands, turn everything else off and just listen to the music, just the music. Follow every note, every lyric.
How about someone who inspires you, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, The Dalai Lama, Gangagi, …listen to 5 minutes of them speak. Download audio from the Internet. There are endless supplies being offered and waiting for you, the student, to appear.