Blog Post

Mindful Meditation

November 01, 2017

Blog Post

Mindful Meditation

November 01, 2017
Kris Drake RN, CHPD
Meditation trains the mind the way physical exercise strengthens our bodies.

Mindful meditation has the power to reverse the negative effects of stress. Meditation trains the mind the way physical exercise strengthens our bodies. With training, we can prime our brain cells to fire together in patterns that strengthen vital nervous system structures that are key in everyday tasks such as decision making, memory and emotional flexibility. At the same time, crucial components of happiness – resilience, equanimity, calm and a sense of compassionate connection to others – are nurtured.

Proper breathing is an integral component of mindful meditation. The practice of meditation provides “down time” to rest physically and mentally and focuses on total well-being. Balance is key to helping us feel more composed and resilient in response to daily life-work challenges. We can’t control difficult encounters, but we can control how we respond to them. Mindfulness (the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something) provides the foundation we need to weather the stressors and flourish.

Take the 21-day mindfulness and meditation challenge, which was designed for Freeman employees!

Click the links below to view short mindful meditation practices.

5 minute introduction to mindfulness 
5 minute self-compassion break 
5 minute just like me 
5 minute leaves on a stream
5 minute simple mindful breathing

Click here to learn how to take a 1 minute breather anytime anywhere to reduce stress and help you return to the present moment.

Feeling overwhelmed? You can seek help from your personal physician, a mental health professional, your religious leader, or Ozark Center Crisis Hotline 800-247-0661.

Click here for a list of area behavioral health resources.

The CALM 1 – minute Take a Breather graphic is copyrighted. If you wish to use this material other than for personal use, please contact Kris Drake RN, CHPD Freeman Wellness Coordinator at

About the author
Kris Drake RN, CHPD, is the Wellness Coordinator at Freeman Health System. As coordinator of Freeman’s employee health program, Kris Drake works tirelessly to improve the work-life balance of more than 4,500 health system employees. Since October 2002, Drake has developed an array of programs to empower Freeman employees to reach their personal goals.