Try This: A Foolproof Meditation

Feeling frazzled? Try this 5 minute meditation from wellness expert Brita Grothe.
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Avoid eating (especially sugar and caffeine!) close to bedtime. Eating one to three hours before bedtime can decrease the quality and length of your sleep. Fatty foods slow down the emptying of the stomach, while spicy foods can lead to heartburn. Instead, herbal teas like peppermint and chamomile are excellent evening enjoyments. Both are helpful in dispelling indigestion and headaches, and chamomile has sedative properties which have made it a popular sleepy-time practice for centuries.

Meditation has always felt slightly intimidating to us, but we can't deny the healing, peaceful benefits of hitting the reset button in our day. So we asked wellness expert Brita Grothe to give us an easy, 5-minute meditation that promises to center our mind, clear our head and leave us feeling grateful, heartfelt and inspired. Here's what she came up with!:

Imagine yesterday, ten days ago or ten years ago. If you think of a particular conversation or person in your mind, pick whatever timeline surrounds that memory. Insert yourself back into that place in time and imagine what you would have liked to experience. No need to change the events, but change your inner landscape, or even create a new story about why you did what you did or felt the way you felt. There are no rules here, except to imagine as fully as you are able, and to have fun with it. Play with opening to the idea that things are more fluid than we might think. Open to seeing how this may change your present experience of yourself.

Finally, before you go on with your day, take notice of this excerpt from David Whyte’s ‘Everything is Waiting for You:'

...You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.’

The world before you is bright. And only brightened by your individual life and whatever you bring to it. Trust this as you settle back into your day.

p.s. Feel better, Clementines? Us too! For another quick reset button in your day, try Brita's 2-minute breathing technique.