Every once in a while I miss the light at a huge intersection with many lanes and turn lanes and road construction and just a lot of traffic.
And sometimes, I sit at the traffic light for more than 5 minutes. That is annoying. Do I have extra time in my day to sit at a single traffic light for 5 minutes?
I do not! And yet, not much to be done about it – sometimes it just happens.
What could I do with those 5 minutes if I had not got caught in traffic?
I could watch some extra commercials on TV. Stand in a long line at the grocery store. Look for a parking spot in a busy part of town. Wait for a new software update to download. I could even spend those 5 minutes on the toll bridge plaza!
Hmm, I really don’t have any extra time for those things either, but they seem to creep into my life none-the-less.
So how about it – how about a 5 Minute Meditation. You know which one I am talking about:
Set your cell phone timer for 5 minutes.
Close your eyes.
It is a huge gift that you give yourself when you spend a little time in stillness. Getting to a place of stillness is not adding one more thing to your frantic schedule. It is making room for your breath, your well being, yourself. This is putting on your oxygen mask.
Ahhh, that sounds so much better to spend those 5 minutes breathing and bringing a moment of stillness into your life. It will assist you with making clear decisions and help you to be calm and centered.
Maybe it seems like you don’t have time for meditation, but what the heck – give it a try. (It is better than waiting for a traffic light!)
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