I wanted to share with you what I’ve learned about meditation in my very short week of attempting 5 minute routines. As part of my 40 Day Transformation, we are tasked with doing 5 minutes of meditation in the morning and 5 minutes at night. 5 minute meditation can be a great way to relax and relieve some stress quickly.
For me, meditation meant sitting with my eyes closed and focusing on breathing for 5 minutes. I’m not trying to do anything at all. I’ve read other books (unrelated to yoga) about how breathing exercises can really aid in keeping stress at bay. So, I thought I’d give it a whirl and try this hocus-pocus stuff out.
5 Minute Meditation
Here is what I learned during my week of 5 minute meditation.
First off, I never even tried in the mornings. I’m just too time-boxed and get up early (5am) in order to hit the gym with a friend by 6am. So 5 minutes in the morning is just impossible. So I attempted to double up at night. It really makes a difference to know WHEN is a good time to meditate.
Second, I didn’t sit as the woman depicted in the photo below. I know this is a Lotus pose, but I just wanted to sit. They recommended that we set our timers on our phone, so that we don’t keep looking at the clock. Even then, I found myself twitching and fidgeting. Honestly, I’ve never had so many variety of reasons to move. My hair itched. My knee needed…I mean really needed…to pop. My arms needed to stretch. So the goal was to just sit still for 5 minutes and re-focus on each breath.
Third, blow your nose before you start. Every breath I took I could just feel my allergies. It bugged me the whole time.
Even though I didn’t do 5 minutes every night, I was able to do 4 nights. After my 5 minutes was up, I really felt more calm. I can see how, if I were to incorporate this daily, that it could really help calm the nerves. And it teaches oneself…to just breathe.
At the end of these short sessions, meditation can be helpful in relieving tension and stress. I’d give it a try if you’ve never done it before.
I would love to hear your results from trying 5 minute meditation! Have you tried anything similar?
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