Q. I only have about five minutes I can set aside for meditation each morning, but I’d like to start my day off right. Can you recommend a few tips to get started?
A. To make the most of your morning meditation routine, consider:
- Setting aside space in your house that is your meditation place. You don’t need special supplies, just an area that allows you privacy and ‘me’ time.
- Using a timer. You want to use all of those five minutes. Insight Timer is a free app you can download on your smartphone that guides you through a timed meditation.
- Trying one type of meditation a day to build your awareness and attention. For example, you could focus on your breath or focus on listening to sounds, but not both in one day.
Mindfulness meditation is the gold standard for rewiring your brain in ways that support your mental well-being. Just as it takes time when lifting weights for your muscles to become stronger, it takes brains time to rewire. So consistency is key, but don’t beat yourself up if you miss a few days!