"FINDING TIME" TO MEDITATE: How To Create time for Daily Meditation
I can not believe its been exactly four months since I've last connected with you all. I've missed you dearly and I, from the bottom of my heart, hope you are doing well.
Today's post is in response to the many things happening around the world. I.E racial injustices, political/governmental reform, COVID, social distancing, approaching elections, and so on. With so much stress on top of stress, it's important to incorporate a way to de-stress. What works for me? Meditation.
We often talk about the need to mediate but sometimes we miss the most important part. Where do I start? How do I find the time? So let's just get right into it.
Typically when we mention meditation we immediately think "time-consuming". People usually feel as though they don't have time for it, so it'd be a struggle in itself trying to "find the time".
Here's the thing: IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE TIME-CONSUMING.
If you feel like there aren't possibly enough hours in a day to find time for meditation, that my friend, is the problem. There’s a common saying in the world of yoga
“if you’re too busy to meditate, you need to meditate” makes sense right? To put it simply, take a moment to slow down. You need it and deserve it! Self-care starts with mental and emotional. If the mind is out of sorts everything else will be too.
So how? How do you "find the time" for meditation? Well firstly, don't think of it as an inconvenience. Instead, make it apart of your day. Make it apart of your morning or evening routine. Personally speaking, mornings typically don't work for me. I would always aim to do it early but it didn't always happen that way. However, I started to notice that my evenings were less busy than my mornings, so I began meditating later in the day. Sometimes following yoga, sometimes not!
My nightly routine looks something like this:
light restorative yoga (to prepare the mind for mediation or relaxation)
repeatedly tell my daughter "time for bed"
The truth is I don't always feel up to it. There are days whereas my little one tires me completely out. That on top of working from home and taking care of other responsibilities has an exhaustive effect by the end of the day. However, those are the times when I intentionally make the effort to do it anyway.
Also, remember how I mentioned that meditating doesn't have to be time-consuming? I would encourage anyone to start small. I'm talking 2 minutes a day, small. Yes, a whole whopping 120 seconds. That's how I began. Especially if it's new to you.
I remember when I first started practicing yoga I steered clear of meditation because any time I tried, I couldn't quite get into a "groove". I always felt as though I wasn’t “doing it right”. Sitting for a long time forcefully waiting for some sort of enlightenment, or epiphany to happen was counterproductive, and frustrating.
It wasn’t until I was guided by my mentor that I realized I was doing the most. She encouraged me to let go of false expectations and start at my own pace. So now I’ll do the same for you.
Here’s your reminder to go at your own pace. Like I said earlier, 2 minutes is where I started. Even if all you do is slowly breathe for those 2 minutes, it’s more than enough. Breathing is always good!
Also, just in case you’re wondering “where do I start?” Well, one day at a time, you beautiful human you. Allow yourself to get familiarized with a routine and take it from there. Then feel free to come back here and let me know how it went! I’d love to know.
Happy Meditating ❤️