Yes, we are busy people, and yes, it’s hard to fit the notion of doing a long meditation into your routine of a busy, busy life.
Many of you intellectually know how to meditate and how it makes you feel. Every week people tell me ‘I know I should, but I’m just so busy.’ (And if you don’t know how to meditate, there are many ways to learn it.) You may also know that even 5 minutes of meditation per day can make a profound difference in your life. One of my students said 5 minutes of meditation per day helped her get off medication for her severe anxiety.
Here are some simple ways to squeeze short meditations into your life:
Just focus on your breath, in mid-activity:
A super simple mindful meditation is to place all your focus on your breathing while you’re doing something. While you are waiting in line, doing housecleaning, sitting on a bus or waiting for meeting to start – simply observe your breath for a few minutes (or even for a few breaths, if that’s all you truly can afford to do.)
Get up 5 minutes earlier:
Getting up 5 minutes early isn’t hard to do. Spend 5 minutes sitting quietly and focus on a meditation, or just be mindful of your breath, or visualize being in a beautiful place that makes you feel calm and centered (like the photo above).
As soon as you notice that stress is coming:
Hopefully, you know that feeling when your stress is spiking quickly. When you notice that, simply close your eyes and take a few deep, slow breaths. This quiet moment can help settle you down and gain some clarity of mind to better deal with your situation.
I hope these few little tips are helpful. It truly is easy to fit mindful meditation into anyone’s life.