Meditation is important. If you have been following me for any length of time, you probably know that. A number of people offer five minute meditations and I have, up until now, resisted that idea.
The body responds to physical, mental, or emotional pressure by releasing stress hormones (such as epinephrine and norepinephrine) that increase blood pressure, speed heart rate, and raise blood sugar levels. These changes help a person act with greater strength and speed to escape a perceived threat. Research has shown that people who experience intense and long-term (i.e., chronic) stress can have digestive problems, fertility problems, urinary problems, and a weakened immune system. People who experience chronic stress are also more prone to viral infections such as the flu or common cold and to have headaches, sleep trouble, depression, and anxiety.
Meditation is one of the best tools for mitigating stress. A number of studies have shown that, if you meditate every day, you only need to put in about 10 minutes to get all of the physical benefits of the practice.
Sometimes we need a quick break, and we don’t think we can allow ourselves 10 minutes. When you look at it objectively, it’s a little silly, but I’m not going to be able to convince someone in a lot of stress of that. So, in addition to the recordings of my Guided Meditations (which you can also attend live on Tuesdays and Thursdays), I am creating a series of five minute meditations. The first set has been going up over the last few days, and I’m putting them all here so you can find them easily.
Any meditation is better than none, so I urge you to use these and see what starts to change in your life.