Baby schema is a scientific theory presented by ethologist Konrad Lorenz that describes the human instinct to perceive small or miniature things as cute. We are not only attracted to the playfulness and craftiness of other mammals (babies and animals), but also to that of inanimate objects (think toy cars, dollhouse furniture and ‘mini’ food). Could the same be true for meditation?
In addition to being small and bite-sized, mini meditations don’t require huge amounts of our time. They are approachable, easily digestible, and perhaps even more likely to make it into our daily routine than other practices.
There are a wealth of mini meditations available online for free, including:
- 30-Second Meditations (Psychology Today)
- 50 mini meditations (Wanderlust)
- STOP acronym meditation (mrsmindfulness.com)
Or, try this mini meditation now:
- Inhale deeply through your nose, as though you are smelling flowers.
- Exhale deeply out through your mouth, as though you are blowing bubbles.
Easy, right? If you’re looking for more mini meditation inspiration, select one of the Headspace options from the list below. They serve as a perfect, mindful snack that can be sampled on a coffee break, after lunch or before bed.
- Let go of stress (1:07)
- Unwind (1:11)
- Finding balance in the mind (1:06)
- Find your focus (1:11)
- Understanding dark thoughts (1:33)
Photo Credit: Melissa Lafrance