Camille is a meditator and plant mom who loves sharing what she knows as a Yoga Teacher(200 RYT) with others.
Use 5 Minutes to Change Your Mindset
Short meditations are a powerful and underused tool. Meditating for 5 minutes a day can improve your emotional well-being, increase your sense of happiness and purpose, boost your immune system, digestion, and ease tension in your body.
If you've never meditated before, fear not! All you need to do is find a quiet place. Somewhere you feel comfortable closing your eyes or resting your gaze on a point.
Let your body come to stillness knowing that it's okay if you need to move.
Focus on your breath or the feeling of your body resting on a chair or the ground. This is the practice. Set a timer for 5 minutes so you don't have to worry about keeping time.
The Benefits of Meditation
Improved Sense of Well-Being
I used to doubt this could be true. How could such a short time with my thoughts make me feel better?
I started meditating when the pandemic began. Taking the time to sit with my thoughts produced all of the promised results. I felt more clear-minded, settled, and at ease. As a result, I was able to work more effectively and I felt less rushed.
The 5 minutes I spent with my thoughts enabled stress relief by giving me a sense of control. I felt a sense of ease and well-being more often as I took time to let my thoughts and emotions settle.
As your sense of well-being improves and feelings of stress become less frequent visitors, your nightly sleep will become deeper. It will become easier to fall asleep, and you will feel better rested when you wake up.
The past two years have made most of us question our lives on some level. Are we happy in our jobs? Our relationships?
We often make decisions based on fleeting thoughts and emotions. Meditation allows us to observe those thoughts and emotions without becoming too attached to them.
In the space between emotion and our reactions, we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to who we are and what we truly want for ourselves.
See for yourself!
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Between stimulus and response, there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response.
— Victor Frankel
Additional Health Benefits: The Link Between Body And Mind
The mental burdens we carry affect the health of our bodies as well. This is why we see so many positive health benefits associated with meditation.
Sitting in meditation for 5 minutes a day can alleviate stress, anxiety, and negative thought patterns. This intentional use of a small portion of your day has a massive mental impact.
We see this carry over into our bodies.
Positive health benefits include:
- Decreased chronic pain
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved digestion
- Increased immunity
Why Does Meditation Work?
One of the most commonly asked and researched questions is why meditation is so effective.
Baseline Happiness Theory
Humans tend to run on what positive psychologists call the hedonic treadmill. This means that we always have a baseline level of happiness. We tend to think that a new house, more friends, or living somewhere else will make us happier.
In reality, while we might experience a spike in happiness after a positive external event, we'll return to baseline happiness. Meditation is a way we can focus on our inner landscape as opposed to our outer landscape. We aren't seeking a new car or house through meditation.
We are seeking to be happier by making space for our thoughts and feelings. The focus on our internal world allows us to shift our baseline happiness over time.
Get Started On Your Journey
My teacher used to say that simply sitting down and closing your eyes was the hardest part. Committing to that 5 minutes and hitting start on a timer is going to be the hardest part.
Habits become the building blocks of our life. Meditation has been a phenomenal habit for me. If you can, try to imagine a smile spreading throughout your body when you meditate, or even throughout your day. Feel the warmth of the smile warming you.
Let me know how your experience is. Enjoy walking the path. Meditation isn't about getting anywhere, simply being where you already are.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.