Amidst the chaos of life and all the directions in which you seem to be pulled, taking just 5 minutes of time for just you can do wonders for re-centering our minds and rejuvenating our bodies. Don’t think you have 5 minutes? Maybe it’s while children nap. Maybe you wake up a few earlier than usual when the house is still. Maybe it’s sitting at a park. Maybe it’s locked in a bathroom stall in your office to keep from pulling out your hair (I’m just sayin’…:) ).
For some, meditation carries the connotation of spending weeks at an ashram. So we’re just going to call this quiet time 🙂 Try it. Quiet time. 5 minutes to think of nothing but your breath. Just sit there and be still and focus on deepening and slowing each luscious breath, steady and rhythmic like the waves of an ocean. Don’t let the to-lists race through your mind. Don’t let your mind dash around the world like a schizophrenic squirrel. Just bring your mind into your heart. And breathe.
I like this idea: “If you get into the practice of meditation, no one will have to twist your arm to make you live a healthy lifestyle, it will become your natural choice.” Read the whole yogi article here, as it talks about a lot of neat things dealing with weight loss goals and meditation.
What do you think? Share your thoughts or experiences on quiet time or anything where you just rest your body and mind for a moment. How do you set aside time for it? How do you feel when/after you do it? What would you recommend to someone who doesn’t currently practice 5 min quiet times?