5-Minute Meditations: Soften, Soothe, Allow

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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.


This third installment of the series is a short meditation in which we can relax into any experiences in our body – such as emotions, sensations, memories, or urges – and allow them to move or shift on their own.

This meditation was inspired by meditations via Self-Compassion.org.

Before You Begin

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.

Please share your experience, thoughts, comments, and questions below!

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6 responses to “5-Minute Meditations: Soften, Soothe, Allow”

  1. Elizabeth Healy Marques says:

    I love this short meditation, I am now inspired to take a break everyday and feel restored, refreshed and relaxed.

    Thank you

    Beth M

  2. shirimacri says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it, Beth. Meditation can be so helpful and, yes, even a short period of time can feel like a rejuvenating ‘power nap’.

  3. Annette says:

    Very soothing exercise…

  4. Dorothy Hargrove says:

    I enjoyed this meditation and it gave me a boost for the rest of myevening.
    Dottie Hargrove

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Shiri Macri, MA, LCMHC

Since 2004, Shiri’s approach as a therapist for treating binge and emotional eating is holistic, focusing not only on the presented issue at hand, but also considering overall health. Working in this way, often includes mindfulness based approaches. Now as a trained MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher, Shiri’s love of mindfulness and meditation practices are at the forefront of her blog writings and recordings. Shiri is the Lead Therapist at the Women's Center for Binge & Emotional Eating, affiliated with Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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