This is my second post on the subject of meditation. My last post was about what meditation is, how it effects the brain, and the health benefits. This post will be about finding time to meditate.
Creating time to meditate seems like a stresser in itself. We “never” have time. Between work and school, kids and family, then there is a thing called sleep, we just don’t seem to have the time to meditate. Not true! The first thing you need to do, STOP MAKING EXCUSES! We’ve all got time to meditate. And when we find ourselves in a stressful situation, just by putting ourselves on “time out” for a moment when we feel like we could explode, gives us an opportunity to meditate. Remember, meditation helps lower stress and anxiety and helps you refocus. It only takes about 1 minute of meditation to change your mental health, create emotional balance, and your outlook on the situation. 1 to 5 minutes a couple of times a day, or even one session for about 20 or 30 minutes a day, can create vast improvement in your well being. Make it a daily habit, and make “you” time. Try these tips:
*In the morning, wake up a few minutes earlier. NO DO NOT HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON! This does not count as meditation. You need to physically get out of bed, and sit up or stand up and meditate.
*Sit on your bed (yes I know I said get out of bed, but this is for when you’ve already physically gotten out of bed and possibly had that cup of coffee and breakfast) or create a special space, and sit in there for a few minutes a day.
*Set a timer while you are in the shower to meditate. *In the afternoons or evenings you can meditate while making lunch or dinner. *You can meditate at work or after work, just by standing for 1 minute.
*Do it before going to bed at night. This can help you release those stresses so that you can get some better zzz’s.
*While outside getting fresh air while listening to the soothing sounds of nature. Take a walk to the park, maybe go outside and relax in the backyard.
*While you are in the bath or shower. Before you start suds up your hair or lathering on that body soap, let the water flow over you and imagine all the stresses and everything being washed away. Take the time to quiet your mind.
Keep in mind that practice makes perfect! You wont always get it the first time. It takes a few times to become good at it. Just keep working on it, making time and focusing! In the next post, we’re going to discuss how to stay focused during meditation.