What should I do if I don’t have enough time to meditate?
Many of us have a hectic and stressful life and we feel like we don’t have enough time to meditate? So, this is a god and relevant question that all of us can relate to. For many of us time is a luxury. Demanding jobs, family and friends takes a lot of time. Our meditation practice should not be a new «must do» bullet point on our to do list. Meditation can be practiced where ever you are, at any time.
So, follow me on this one. – Close your eyes, focus your awareness on your breath while breathing through your nose. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Notice how the temperature is a little bit warmer on exhale. Congratulations, you just meditated. Now you can repeat this where ever you are, at any time you want. Meditation can reduce stress and therefore a solution can be to change your perspective.
When we meditate several things happens to us. In addition to reduced stress, meditation increases our ability to focus and we become more productive, among other things. So, when you meditate you can tell your-self that you are investing in increased productivity for the future. It can also be smart to take some time to get an overview of what you spend your time doing during the day. Can you spend a shorter amount of time on social media, Netflix or something else? When you start out meditating it’s important to make it a habit. And when it’s recommended that you meditate twice a day.
Start by giving your-self 1 minute of meditation in the morning before you have eaten anything and then 1 minute in the evening before dinner. When you are ready increase the amount of time with one more minute, five, twenty or what you feel comfortable with. A shorter meditation is better than no meditation. You can also see if there is something that you can do differently during the day. We have this concept of moving meditation. Could this be an option? No one, except me maybe, do the washing up by hand. And with full awareness this is a moving meditation. Maybe you can have your moving meditation walking – a walking meditation. If you go bus or tube to work, why not get off one stop before you normally do and have a walking meditation on your way to work. You get the exercise as a bonus.