5 minute meditation journal

22 March 2017 12:24 PM
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This morning I had my first sit. I set a timer for just five minutes, as I was sure that after 5 minutes, my mind would drift off. I made a conscious effort to focus on my breathing, and how my body was feeling in the moment. Thoughts about other things naturally entered my mind, but I made an effort not to dwell on them until after my sit was over. I am hoping to sit for longer next time, and increase the length of my sits thereafter. 
I'm new to meditation, so any tips or advice is warmly welcomed! 

Comments

I think 5 minutes is a great start! I would advice you to stay at 5 for a couple of days and increase only after sitting 5 minutes is not a chore or something you would want to avoid. The same for when you increase it a little, say 5 minutes more each week or two weeks until you get to 45 or an hour, but always increase when it is no longer a dread sitting for a set amount of time.

I would advise you to keep in mind that just by sitting you're achieving a great deal, regardless of how concentrated you are, so when you're sitting try to develop a sense of accomplishment, joy, or positive feelings in general, and that will make it easier to keep sitting and keep consistency.
equanimityName
equanimity Name
9 months ago
Hi and welcome. Yes I'd agree to only increasingly slowly. So many people start full of enthusiasm only to find that sitting is something they put off and then give up on. You can even increase 1 minute at a time if you like. There is no rush.
Bluemoon
Kokai (Sarah)
9 months ago
Hi, and thank you both for the advice! I feel that once I find a time of day and a space I am comfortable in, I will naturally want to sit for longer periods of time. However, it is a good feeling to know that in even just five minutes I can achieve a state of calm and gain some mental clarity. 
cz889
cz889
9 months ago