So, you are too busy for meditation?
I don’t know about you, but I am guilty of being that person who always complained about being too busy, too anxious to meditate and God was I wrong! Let me start by saying, I am not a master, not a jedi, not a guru but a simple 9-5 (more like 9-9) millennial whose mind is always occupied with something or the else but somehow, I figured out a way to take 15 minutes of my time to sit, focus, meditate and set myself for a good day. In this blog you will have few points to make your meditation journey easy so here we go –
Be Patient – It’s JUST NOT GONNA HAPPEN IN A DAY. People spend a lifetime to become a master at meditation so you will just not learn the art in a day. Give yourself some time, some love, and a lot of patience.
Start Small- Start with simple breathing exercises. Sit, lie down, stand, or do whatever makes you comfortable and take 5 deep breaths, hold and release. Just 5 deep breaths.
Be Accountable- Ask your friend for help, ask your parents for help, ask your boyfriend, your partner for help, tell them to hold you accountable. Ask them to ask you every day if you did your meditation. If you are not comfortable in asking your support system for help then download apps like Calm, Streak, Habitica, Coach.me which will help you in building a habit and being accountable.
Create a space- Make a small space that makes you happy. You don’t have to create a whole new room, just clear out a corner, make it appealing, comfy, put some books, some candles, create it in whatever ways it makes you happy.
Let Thoughts Run- Unlike the popular saying, meditation is not about thinking rather let it all run. Let your thoughts run, let yourself feel whatever you are feeling. This might be controversial, but my meditation is allowing myself to laugh, cry, feel, get angry, regret, or enjoy little joys in life. Let your emotions run.
Move – My no.1 tip is to move post meditation. Meditation feeds your mind; movement feeds your body. Do 10 jumping jacks or 5 pushups or some stretching or anything you like but do something.
It’s OK- Lastly, it’s not a race, it’s a lifestyle. It will take time; it will take a lot of motivation and you will break down multiple times during the process but it’s OK. You are ok, you are trying, you are giving your best, you are creating a new habit and you are going to be ok. Allow yourself a break every now and then but get back up again and again.
You deserve 15 minutes of your own life, give that to yourself.