What is up with the number “5”?

I just like the number 5. But seriously…it’s weird how prevalent the number 5 is in our everyday lives, and especially our mental and physical health:

Every 5-year- old kiddo associates themselves more with “good” than with “bad.” Most children grow a healthy sense of self-esteem—a characteristic that stays relatively stable throughout their life—by age 5, even before they begin kindergarten.

Deeply held beliefs, the important ones about who we are and what’s possible for us in life, are mostly formed by age 5, an age when we are too young to make any accurate conclusions.

The number 5 is also powerful in the human body: the 5 fingers of the hand and feet, the 5 senses (touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight), the 5 members (two arms, two legs and the head, the bust being the center), the five bones forming the metacarpus, the metatarsals and the brain-pan, etc.

Various religions—from Christianity to Islam to Sikh to Jewish use the number 5 to signify goodness. In numerology (the study of numbers), many feel the number 5 represents balance, making positive life choices and decisions and learning life lessons through experience.

Because the number 5 is so prevalent and potent, (and we are reaching our 5-year- old self), check out all of these 5-word mini-meditations/mantras. I like using one for my “car meditation” for the week (you know, those days you’re stuck in traffic and thinking I have so many things to do!)
These are so simple and so powerful

We think what we become (Buddha)
I think therefore I am (Descartes)
Change is always your choice (unknown)
The greatest wealth is health (Virgil)

Come on, my gorgeous cousins! Add some of your own!


 

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