This is by far the top question I get asked on the topic of meditation!
HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME?
So, we all have the same 24 hours in the day but where do we fit in this little old practice? I’m here to tell you that it’s not about “CREATING” that time, rather dedicating time to a meditation routine in order to free up MORE time later in the day.
Let me explain.
The days I meditate I KNOW I will be more efficient, focused and intuitive then the days I don’t. It’s a fact. I’ve experimented with it and you can even ask my fiancé on his thoughts on this, he knows the days I do and the days I don’t!
Take the study of the Australian Firefighters, now I’ve got your attention. ;) After two weeks of mindfulness and meditation practice, they experienced a significant decrease in anxiety and it enhanced their sense of well-being allowing them to become more focused on the job.
I’ve personally experienced the benefits of meditation so I choose to make it a priority and dedicate time towards this practice as well as teach this to other busy women. How else would I be able to handle being a full-time grade one teacher, run the LIA project and juggle my other responsibilities? The key is to be flexible with the amount of time. There are different times of the year when I need more or less time on the cushion so I try to stay true to what I need and how much time I have available.
It’s about making it a habit. There are tons of sources and opinions on how to build and break habits but the most beneficial way to keep that consistent sense of focus and efficiency is integrating this habit into an already existing routine, let me walk you through this.
Here is how it works:
Take a routine you already have on the daily (ex. making yourself a cup of coffee in the morning).
Then attach the new activity that you want to start (ex. taking 5-ish mins to meditate while your coffee is brewing).
Then reward yourself after you’re done (ex. drinking that delicious cup of coffee).
Et voilà! If you’re just getting your wheels turning to how you can start building your meditation practice this can be a great way to start seeing where it can fit into your day.
Not sure on the HOW to meditate? Like what you actually do during those 5 mins or when you close your eyes? I’ve created an online course on exactly called Self Care Through Meditation! I invite you to check out the details here!
Hi you! I’m Carolina, the creator of the LIA project, elementary teacher, certified yoga instructor, self care advocate and lover of all things outdoors. When I’m not creating lesson plans for my students, I'm usually in the rockies, at a spa, stretching it out at a studio or having soul conversations with a my girlfriends... glass of wine in hand.. (continue reading under LIA team tab).