Recently I’ve (re)started a meditation practice with a renewed sense of purpose. Committing not to “just 5 minutes a day” here and there, but to two twenty minutes (actually 22 minute) sits everyday. This extra time has been all the difference. Where do I find the extra 40 minutes a day?! Well, these essential 40 minutes clear my mind and calm my stress and soothe my ego and lighten my heart and release my soul and creates space so that God can speak directly to my heart. I am less angry on the days that I meditate. I am more productive, and energies, and joyful, and aware. I have more room for curiosity and wonderment because my mind is not consumed with thought and worry, and all those things. My children get more of me, my husband gets my smile and my silliness, the house is cleaner, the meals are more delicious and really there is not one area of my life that is not made better by my practice. Oh, and my yoga practice is stronger and more interesting. But, I don’t get the benefits in just 5 minutes. I need the extra time to settle in and surrender. Sure, yes, in 5, 10 minutes my mind with clear and my stress will dissipate, but if I stop there … I miss the good part.