Five ways to meditate with a busy schedule
We’ve all been told we need to meditate more. It is said that meditation can help lower blood pressure, increase restful sleep, help lose weight, and all that good stuff. However, if you are anything like me, having a busy day does not jive with mediation. I try to embrace Nirvana (the state not the band) and let my mind be blank while regulating my breathing in a seated position while burning incense. Admittedly I’ve done this a few times in my life, but not on a daily basis.
When my health began to be affected with an overload of stress, I needed to find some ways I could meditate and still keep my schedule… for the most part. Once I implemented these into my daily life, I have found my stress level goes down and I’m able to sleep better.
Yes, burning calories can also be a meditation. So many people go to the gym or run laps because they feel they have to. On the contrary, once I found my soulmate workout, it was more of a time to relax then to stress. In order to properly workout, breathing needs to be controlled. I have to keep my mind focused on what I am doing or I injure myself. I find a space to hula hoop or dance, turn on some music I love listening to, and let my body release the energy. I’ve taken many years of training so much of what I do is second nature, but I still have to clear my mind and focus. This sends me into an almost hypnotized state of being. After about 30 minutes, I feel more relaxed and invigorated.
For me, feeling the rhythm of the warm water on my skin relaxes me. I tend to shower at night after the dishes are washed and my day is coming to an end. It is just me and the shower. I’m a singer so I write music as I shower, singing, and focusing on relaxing before bedtime. This ritual is what I look forward to each night. If I have a cold, I use a menthol based soap that helps me unwind even more.
Since I’ve taken the initiative to make my bread each week and not buy it, I find myself relaxing as I knead the flour and water together. It takes me about 40 minutes of kneading to create the dough which is ready to rise. Something about getting my fingers between the sticky mixtures just releases any stress on my mind. I have to focus on the consistency of the dough and the taste. With sourdough, it is a balance of the ingredients to make a good loaf.
Finding five minutes.
There are always times throughout the day that I can sit by a fireplace or escape to a quiet space for a few minutes. I take a breath, thank God for the day, and just relax. It doesn’t take a lot to break away. When I used to smoke, I would enjoy going outside for a few moments. Now that I am free from the nicotine! I take fresh air breaks throughout the day and walk around outside in silence. At my work, people know me for walking around the building a few times.
Spending time with my fiancé
Whether it is making love, eating breakfast, or watching TV, spending time with my fiancé is perfect time to release my stress and enjoy his company. I love him so deeply and look forward to our time together. Sure, we have our moments, but we pray together and build each other up.
There is always time to spare each day to take a breath, talk with God, and smile. Trust me, you’re not so busy to do that. Even if it is spending a few extra minutes in the bathroom stall, take the time for yourself. Your health and well-being will improve faster than the day passes.