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5-Minute Meditation

Web Editor | July 10, 2011 | 6:17 PM

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need long stretches of time, or even a quiet room, to meditate effectively. Rather, meditation should be a regular habit integrated into daily life, says author and teacher
Mary Beth Janssen of The Janssen Source, Inc., in Chicago.

“‘Pockets of peace’ throughout the day can be just as valuable as long mediation sessions, depending on what you’re trying to achieve,” says Janssen, who recommends at least one or two 10-, 20-, or 30-minute sessions a day.

To get in meditation mode, find a comfortable spot in your home, in nature, or even at work, says Kate Leydon, owner of Ruby Room, a “spa for the spirit” in Chicago. You may want a candle, meditation pillow or
aromatherapy spray to create an ambience.

Leydon explains: “Let thoughts come and go until your mind slows down. Then work with a question on which
you need clarity.

“Be patient, relax, and when you find yourself rested and content, stop your meditation and write down
your thoughts.”

And, remember, you get points for trying. “Just planning to spend time in quiet reflection creates major shifts in your body,” says Janssen. —Kelly Cison

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