Of course I would love to say that everyday I wake up at 4am (Deepak Chopra style) and meditate for 2 hours, ommm'in and humming in perfect rhythm with the universe, but of course it doesn't go that way and lets be honest, I don't really want to wake up at 4am. Although I do think morning meditations are the best (15-30 minutes is just fine), it is just that sometimes it don't happen as planned. Sometimes I have to fit it in at a random place or time. Check out 9 ways that I sneak in my daily meditation no matter what. Remember, you can’t do it wrong, you own your practice. Take a deep breath and gift yourself the present moment.
1- Walking meditation. Not all meditations are done seated in a quiet space. Walking meditations can be ultra relaxing, especially for those people who have extra energy. Whether you are walking the dog, going to catch the bus, or strolling through nature. Try listening to calming music in your headphones or simply tune into the present moment and enjoy the silence. Recognize the beautiful trees or the fresh air around you.
2- Read a book. Huh?? Yes, read a book. Although it is not a traditional meditation, taking time away from technology and getting in touch through inspirational words can be very beneficial. Choose a book of mantras, an inspiring story or a spiritual growth book. I am currently reading, No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are, by Jack Kornfield. Tune in and connect with the written word.
3- Sitting in your car. Sometimes I arrive 10 minutes to an appointment, park my car and meditate. This habit started when my first child would have his best naps in the car. I would go to the gym an hour early and sit in the parking lot and meditate while he slept. It was actually a very peaceful and quiet container to meditate in.
4- In your child’s bed (If you don’t have a child I am sure you can borrow one…) Sometimes I will lay with my children if they are taking a nap or going to bed and connect to my breath and meditate. I will even listen their breathing too (you could do this with a pet as well), it is actually very soothing and grounding.
5- Laying in bed at bedtime. Many days this is the only place I can meditate. If I don't meditate first thing in the morning, chances are it won't happen until the end of the day. Sometimes I do a guided meditation on my iPhone or even better I enjoy the silence and stillness of the night (low lights and no electronics is best after all).
6- Meditate in the shower. Sometimes the only peace and quiet we get is in the bathroom. Take a few extra minutes slow down and tune into how you are feeling. You may discover you have feelings, thoughts or emotions you were not aware of. It is important to be aware of what we are feeling and take the time to check in with our stress levels, emotions or personal needs.
7- Standing in a long lineup. There is no such thing as wasted time. Go with the natural flow of the universe and remind yourself not to resist the things you cannot control. Long lineup? No problem. You can use long waits as a gift from the universe or a “sign” telling you to slow down. Just go with it and take in a few energizing breaths. Think about letting go of heavy energy and breathing in fresh vibrant light. Be kind and smile, take this time as a nice pause in your day.
8- Say a prayer at mealtime. This prayer does not have to be religious it is simply about gratitude and connection. While you are seated in front of your meal say a prayer, take a deep breath and connect with your body. Recognize the abundance around you and blessings around you.
9- At the gym. Sometimes after my workout, I will stretch and lay on a mat after my workout. I take a few cleansing breaths or listen to relaxing music. Remember your physical fitness will never be where you desire if you do not make a mind body connection. While sitting or standing, soften your face, soften your collar bone and tune into your breathing. Let your feet feel connected to the earth, ground yourself. Try using a mantra such as “I respect my body, I respect my mind”.
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