In my last blog I talked about the One Minute Rule as a way to cope when you feel buried under clutter, responsibility, or both. Now we are going to talk about seven minutes that can benefit you way beyond this small snippet of time.
In a recent posting by Real Age, it was suggested that only seven minutes of mindful meditation can greatly reduce memory loss, stress and those attention-grabbing aches and pains. Mindful meditation not only helps you to focus, but it also helps to reduce cravings for sugary treats! Wow – in only seven minutes! That’s not too much to ask is it?
Here is what you do. Go somewhere quiet, sit down in a comfy position, close your eyes and breathe normally, and mindfully. When those distracted thoughts arise (did I pay the phone bill, oh shoot I forgot to call Aunt Martha, where did I put my glasses), bid them farewell. Simply take notice of the thoughts and send them away. A good visual might be to send them off on a cloud or put them in a treasure box that you can access later on in the day.
After about seven minutes, allow yourself to slowly re-enter the world. You will feel refreshed and ready, calm and collected. Not a bad deal for only seven minutes!