You know that feeling, the constant companion, of negative, grip-like thoughts and emotions that are difficult to let go. It could be regrets from the past, fears of what may lie ahead, or just pushing through in pain and unhappiness each day. These constant companions create a heavy anchor around our spirit. They keep us from enjoying the present moment. A key to releasing the firm hold of such a state can be found in a simple, but necessary exercise in becoming quiet with oneself in meditation and relaxation. Twenty minutes a day can have a profound influence on one’s spirit and can lift the anchor of negative thoughts and emotions.