You’re busy. It’s part of the responsibilities that come with the modern life. There are very few gaps in the schedules today and those that do occur are generally given to family and friends. It doesn’t seem like meditation can work its way in there somehow, but it really can. Here are 5 ways you can start to meditate even with the busiest of schedules.
#1. Begin your day with meditation.
It’s important to have a morning routine that is your special place. You might take this time to watch CNN, relax in the shower, or eat breakfast while reading a book. There’s a good chance that you also spend a little extra time in the morning just staring at the ceiling. Take that time, even if you never get out of bed, to try meditating. This means you’re not trying to add something new to your schedule. You’re just using your time in a better way.
#2. Use your breaks throughout the day.
There’s no rule that says you have to set aside a 20 minute block for meditation. If you get a couple work breaks during the day, try bunkering down into a quiet corner to try meditating. Two 10 minute sessions during the day equal to 20 minutes, after all. This way you can also avoid the sometimes awkward chatter that happens near the water cooler or vending machines.
#3. Force yourself to take a moment away.
We often think of meditation as a classic pose, arms outstretched, maybe sitting on a Yoga mat. Meditation is effective in the classic pose, but it can take on many forms. If you take a walk to help yourself calm down after coming across conflict, you’re actually meditating. Stepping away from triggers and conflicts is the perfect time to try meditating because it creates a natural focus point. You have a difficult emotion that needs to be resolved. This practice on a singular focus can then translate into other focus points later on when stress isn’t present.
#4. Bring in the family.
Even stay-at-home parents who never seem to have a moment to themselves can find time to meditate. Sometimes group meditation is the best solution to the time crunch of the modern life. Gather family and friends that are trusted, meditate together for a few minutes, and see what happens. Kids tend to find it hard to sit still at first, but don’t give up on them. New routines are tough to establish sometimes. If you keep it up over the course of a week or two, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised by the results.
#5. Stay up a little later.
Maybe you can’t make any more time in your schedule. That means the only place of flexibility is when you decided to call it a day and go to bed. Extend that time outward by 10-20 minutes as an experiment to try blending meditation into your life. You may find that it easier to sleep afterward, which gives you more energy to get through the next day successfully.
Meditating as a beginner can be challenging. There are new habits, experiences, and challenges to face. Give it enough time and it can be an amazing experience, even if a schedule seems impossibly busy.