Meditation was something I knew I should do but wondered why I would take time to sit and do nothing when there was always dishes to wash up, bags to pack, toys to pick up, teeth to be brushed or meals to prepare.
It wasn’t how I was going to meditate, it was when?
This year I was sitting in a conference put on by The Imperfect Mum and Kristy Vallely was on stage taking questions when someone asked, “how do I make time for self-care?” Kristy’s answer was, “Steal it!”
Life is so busy and the mindset of having to do “it all” does nothing to slow things down. If I was going to have time to meditate I was going to have to steal it.
I don’t meditate every day, more like twice a week sometimes three times. A daily practice would be fantastic but I can only be honest with you, some days just don’t allow for it but the benefits of meditation are worthy of any time you can give it.
- Calm mind
- Instant stress relief
- Energy and resilience
- Blissful sleep
- Clarity and focus
- Inspired creativity
- A little bit of glue to help you keep it together
I have found the best stealing time for me is after breakfast is all done and the kids are dressed. Leni goes down for her morning nap. I set Ari up with an activity, sometimes it is TV, maybe the iPad or I pull out all his Hot Wheels and set he up in a room he doesn’t normally play with them in. Something that will have him occupied for at least 15 minutes. It is worth it.
What time you meditate is completely up to you. Could it be setting your alarm a little earlier than the kids get up or perhaps once you know they are asleep in their beds? Have a think about it, when can you best steal some time?
Beside my bed, I keep a set of headphones and (most of the time) my iPod. I have a playlist of meditations which I choose from depending on my mood and available time. Then I sit on the floor at the end of my bed cross-legged and close my eyes.
There is no “must do” pose to meditate in. I used to think I had to lay on the floor grounded, thumb and middle finger together. By all means, if you are comfortable go for it but I am stealing time to meditate here, I am going to sit comfortably and casual to get the most out of the practice.
Headphones are essential to meditate. Just playing a meditation out loud won’t allow you to sink into it easily. There are too many external sounds around plus some meditations have tones in them that can only be heard with headphones. So definitely grab a pair. I prefer the over ear ones, is that what they are even called?? Like the ones in the photo above, my faithful SkullCandy. The inner ear ones end up hurting me after a short while and I can’t get my meditative groove on.
My meditation playlists have grown quite long but I have two ladies who create my favourites.
Tahlee Rouillon is the creator of Sonesence and is the queen of “meditones”. She calls it a “sonic-hack that makes meditation effortless” and she is right! I fell in love with her Allied Forces track a long while ago. I find it really good to get me back into meditation when I haven’t done it for a while. For the price of your email address, she will send you a free meditones sample track to experience it.
Melissa Ambrosini has become a favourite of mine lately. I am currently reading her Mastering Your Mean Girl book and I seem to have gathered quite the library of her meditations. I like her tracks as her voice isn’t too airy-fairy. Some people’s meditations I have listened to you would think they lived on a cloud. Melissa is a little more down to earth than that. Each of her meditations has a focus such as abundance, self-love, health or sleep. I have Series one which sells for $18 for 6 tracks. Series two looks great also. Melissa’s tracks are around 20-30 minutes so I go for them when I think I can push out my stolen time a little longer.
Do you meditate? Are you going to steal some time to try it out?
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