5-Minute Meditations: Guided Meditation for Self-Compassion



The 5-Minute Meditations series was created to help us fit in time for meditation, relaxation, and looking inward – even when we’re busy. You guessed it, meditations are usually 5 minutes or less, meaning only .04% of your day. The 5-Minute Meditations series is a great introduction to meditation for beginners, and a helpful resource for more experienced practitioners.


Inspired by Dr. Kristin Neff, this guided meditation provides a moment for you to find self-compassion. This can be especially helpful when you’re dealing with a situation that’s difficult in your life, or when you feel stress or emotional discomfort in your body.

Before You Begin the Meditation

You may wish to practice this in the morning, on your lunch break, or after a long day to de-stress. Before starting, find a comfortable seated position or even feel free to lie down. Find the position that will be most comfortable and peaceful for your practice today.

And remember: anything that happens in this meditation is perfect. Thank yourself for taking this time for you.

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2 responses to “5-Minute Meditations: Guided Meditation for Self-Compassion”

  1. My monkey mind has been keeping me from meditating lately. I think it’s the season for that!

  2. shirimacri says:

    An option you may like is this meditation: /blog/2015/04/23/5-minute-thinking-and-observing-meditation/ It’s a meditation where you follow the ‘train of thought’ for a little while. Sometimes when we follow thought, it’s easier to let it go.

    That said, it’s definitely the time of year for lots of distraction and stress. Try not to judge yourself for that. As soon as we notice that we’ve been distracted during meditation, that is mindfulness. We then bring ourselves back to the focus (breathing for example). The whole practice is bringing ourselves back. If we’re distracted 100 times and bring ourselves back 100 times, that’s the practice. And lastly, remember that everything comes and goes – including this busy season. Take Care.

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