A five-minute meditation

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” Lao Tzu

A few minutes of meditation are all we need to get centered. A few sets of one to five minutes throughout the day can help us gain a sense of calm. We pause, we breathe, and we savor this present moment. We pay undivided attention to each moment, and to our sensations and thoughts. To be aware of the present moment, just say to yourself, “I’m here right now.” Truly connect with yourself. Feel your whole body, feet on the ground, and appreciate where you are.

Meditation must be done consistently for you to receive all its benefits. Once a day is good, but three times a day is optimal. Make it a friendly and pleasant routine.

Try these tips for a meditation session.Turn off your phone and put it away. Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Be still and be present. Breathe in and breathe out, and pay attention only to your breathing. Or try tenderly repeating a word or phrase or positive affirmation you like, or concentrate on a beautiful image. You can also count your breaths from one to ten and back to one. This will help you reach a calm state, and lessen mental chatter. If your mind wanders, just bring it back. When you’re done and relaxed, take your time and enjoy your day.

Have you truly listened to the sound of the sea? The other day, I sat on the rocks overlooking the ocean and really focused on the sound of the waves moving back and forth, and smelled the fresh and salty air. One way to beauty, true peace, and happiness is to savor peace and joy in the moment. This moment is our life. Being totally present feels exquisite. There’s no better time to experience the sweetest present moment than Now.

Learn more about meditation in one of my favorite books Meditation As Medicine by Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., And Cameron Stauth.