When we start to meditate, we are often faced with many challenges. One of the greatest difficulties can involve carving out the time to meditate, even if it's only for 5 or 10 minutes a day. John Kabat Zinn tells us to practice as though our lives depend upon it, such is the importance of the benefits that can be reaped from a regular practice. But even if we can find only a matter of a few minutes, these minutes can make all the difference to the rest of our day. Short practices can be very powerful and can allow us to create space to decide how to respond to situations, rather than knee-jerk react. 

Here are a few short meditation practices and suggestions.

The Three Minute Breathing Space practice, courtesy of Danny Pennman, accessed by clicking here.

A 7 Minute Mindfulness Practice to Shift Out of Doing Mode, courtesy of Zindel Segal from Mindful, accessed by clicking here.

Three Mindful Things to do To Start Your Day, courtesy of Elisha Goldstein, accessed by clicking here.