Carving Out Time for Meditation
The people who are most in need of meditating and relaxing are often those that have the busiest and most demanding lives. It can be hard to think that adding one more thing to your schedule can have benefits, but meditation will give you many benefits beyond your mental comprehension.
Don’t feel that you have to spend hours meditating each day in order to achieve a benefit from it. In fact, even taking just a minute or two to breathe deeply and clear your mind can be of tremendous value to you. If you have more time, then you can always meditate more. But if you only have a few minutes, make the most of them. Building meditation into your schedule is the easiest way to build consistency.
For example, you may want to make it a practice to meditate each morning before you get going for the day. This can help you to actually find more time, because you will become more focused and productive. You’ll find solutions to challenges more quickly and easy, and you’ll face the day with greater focus and purpose, while at the same time you’ll feel more connected to the world in which you live.
For others, meditating before bed can give the relaxation needed before trying to get a good night’s sleep. When the stress of the day has piled onto your shoulders, meditation can help you to relax, unwind, and clear your mind.
Have you ever gone to bed with your mind racing about all of your experiences and all the things on your to do list for tomorrow? Meditation can free you from this cycle that can disrupt your sleep patterns and leave you feeling weary.
However, for others meditation wakes them up. For me, for example a 30 minute meditation, makes me feel like I had a whole night sleep, and I get enough energy from it that I can keep going for several hours more. Therefore, it’s important to find what it is the best moment of the day to meditate for you. Because, you can also build meditation into your day at any time. If you have a lunch break, you can take five minutes to clear your mind and feel more refreshed by meditating. Even just taking a few minutes throughout the day to breathe deeply and refocus can have great benefits.
Finding Space to Meditate
When life is busy and you have a family, it can be difficult just to find a space to meditate. It’s important that you find a place where you can have a few minutes of uninterrupted time to meditate. It’s difficult to free your mind when someone is talking to you and distracting you.
Any space can be turned into a meditation space if you prepare for it. You may want to use your bedroom as a space for meditation. Make sure to tell the members of your household that you’ll be meditating and that you’d like some private time to do this.
Some people choose to use an office area or gym area to perform meditation. Especially meditating on your health after a fitness workout is an extremely powerful experience. The simple fact that every cell in your body is more open because of the adrenaline and the blood pumping at a higher level throughout your body is a perfect moment to induce some healthy and rejuvenating thoughts into each cell, before they close down to their normal rate of vibrational energy.
Think about it like the Protein drink a Body Builder drinks after a high intensive workout. But instead of healthy nutrients to repair the torn muscle tissue, you inbed positive healing thoughts and suiting vibrations to repair and rejuvenate in a calming peaceful way. Just try it, and feel amazed!
This just to say that there’s no right or wrong space as long as it’s a place that is quiet and where you can find peace and clear your mind.
Benefits of Meditation
We have addressed the many benefits of meditation before, but it’s worthwhile repeating, as many people still don’t get it, even when they read it and we repeat it. While there can be obvious spiritual benefits of meditation, meditation can provide many physical and mental benefits too.
“The many benefits of meditation have been substantiated by science. Meditation reduces chronic pain, blood pressure, headaches, anxiety and depression. It helps you lose weight, lowers cholesterol, increase sports performance, boost immune function, relieves insomnia, increases serotonin, creativity, optimizes brain waves, helps learning, attention, productivity and memory and more.” – Dr. Mark Hyman
But the main reason to meditate is to be more awake to life, to learn more about yourself, to cultivate loving kindness and compassion toward yourself, toward others, and to the often challenging human condition in which we find ourselves.
It helps to take small steps in the beginning and to increase the amount of meditation and your goals for meditation as you become more experienced.
If you want to discover one of the best resources to learn to meditate, take a look at the The Stillness Project by Tom Cronin. You can find it here:
The Stillness Project