Meditation is an important part of my everyday routine and I’ve been practicing daily meditation for long enough now that it is built into my day.
I’m aware though that this is built over time with practice and with the pace of life today it’s not always easy to find the time for a lengthy meditation away from all distractions.
As the founder and director of a tech startup, I understand the demands of a busy schedule, and I’ve worked out my best methods for meditating even when your personal time is scarce.
I rise early, so each morning (even before I’ve opened my eyes), I will place myself in a space of gratitude for another day ahead of me. I’m thankful for where I am, for my health and all the small things we might otherwise take for granted. If I have some extra time I’ll write affirmations in my notebook such as “I am well/focused/loved” and fill a whole page if possible.
An excellent anchoring word is “love” written over and over until I feel it and believe it – a great trick especially if you’re struggling to set yourself in a positive space. I can take just a few seconds or a few minutes for the day in the right headspace to be grateful for every moment and every challenge.
At the end of the day, an attitude of gratitude goes a long way before bed to set my dream state to one of peace.
When it comes to meditation during your workday, I used to stress about what needed to be done whereas I now focus on all that I have achieved. It’s like making your bed in the morning – you’ve already ticked something off the list and you’re in a mindset of progress rather than feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list and demands. Staying in the flow is essential!
If you’re new to meditation and just want to try it out and see the benefits (better quality of sleep, living more presently and staying connected to your emotions and thoughts), then use your shower time wisely.
Place a word or a phrase that resonates with you like ‘loved’ or ‘present’ somewhere where you can see it while you’re showering – even subconsciously you’ll allow yourself a moment to recognise where you’re at and bring yourself back to the meaning behind this word.
Meditation doesn’t have to be a time consuming affair – it’s about changing how you see the world and your thought patterns, and even a few minutes of meditation a day can make a significant difference in how the rest of your day, week and even year pans out. Like any skill, the more you practice the easier you will find it over time.
Meditation doesn’t take just one technique or form, and most importantly don’t only reach for meditation when you’re really pressed for time, by employing it within your daily routine even when you’re in a relaxed state of mind you’ll be able to draw on this when life gets more unpredictable!