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You have an extra 5 minutes!

I ask every client that comes in to see me, "Do you meditate?". For the most part, the response I hear is "I don't have time to meditate" or "I'm way too busy to meditate". The reason that these responses resonate with me is because that used to be me-making excuses for not finding even 5 minutes in a 24 hour period to balance and recharge my system. I have become passionate about bringing others into this beautiful practice of meditation that has changed my life in so many positive ways. So many people make the assumption that in order for meditation to be effective, they must sit in silence for extended periods of time. Simply not true at all. Your meditation practice can be whatever, whenever, and however you want it to be. While others can guide you, only you know how your body feels and your mind will intuitively drive you, if you take a moment to listen.

If you are new to meditation, I recommend setting an alarm or a timer for 5 minutes once you've positioned yourself comfortably in bed. There are many options for calming meditation music, however, the Insight Timer app and YouTube are my top two choices. In the beginning, don't overthink what you're doing. Simply listen to the music and if you start thinking about tomorrow's tasks, focus on the music in an effort to completely relax your mind for as much of the 5 minutes as you can. Once you prove to yourself how quickly 5 minutes goes by, you'll soon realize that you do in fact have time to meditate-EVEN IF IT IS ONLY FOR 5 MINUTES! If you discover that you enjoy clearing your mind each evening before falling asleep, gradually add more time, until you find what works best for you. This method also works great for early birds. Once your alarm goes off in the morning, hit the snooze for 5 minutes and proceed with your meditation. You'll be amazed by how quickly starting your day with a clear mind becomes second-nature.

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