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Moments of meditation

Two for You — take two minutes to live and lead with intention

Episode 2.11

Integrating informal moments of meditation can help you hit the “reset” button and shift from “doing” to “being.” How can you find more moments of meditation today to help you prepare you for what is next?



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[Lori] Hello and welcome to Two for You. So, there's a lot of research right now around meditation and the benefits of meditation such as decreasing our stress, improving our sleep, reducing our anxiety. It helps to boost our immune system and be more patient and more creative. But, when we think about meditation - I don't know about you - but I often think about that really, you know, the deeper meditation that just seems so long and bulky and difficult to do.

[Denise] So don't get paralyzed by that thought, because long meditation is a wonderful asset to you, to your day, but if you don't have that time, we're here to tell you, take time for moments of meditation. One of the ways that I do that is that if I'm going into a meeting and I've been working like crazy on my computer, what I do is, I step away, I take a couple of deep breaths, I look up my great big window in my office and I just try to clear my mind to the point where I'm ready and open for whatever is coming next. That's my moment of meditation.

[Lori] Yes, it doesn't have to be anything bulky. It's about this moment of reset, taking breaths, doing different things. But if you do find you have a few longer moments you can practice some body scans and follow other guided meditations and the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing has some great examples that you can use that are different lengths that can really get you used to meditation. It can feel so different and awkward as we start. So it's a great place to begin.

[Denise] So whether you want to self-direct your meditation and have these moments of meditation or find some nice guided meditations, take the time to do it. Be intentional about putting moments of meditation throughout your day so you can Live and Lead with Intention. 

Authors: Lori Rothstein and Denise Stromme, former Extension educators

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