We all know by now the benefits of meditation – stress reduction, improved concentration, better health and self awareness and ultimately….the holy grail….increased happiness, but to name a few. And in this crazy overstimulated world, god knows we could all do with a little bit of meditation every day. But for some, me included, finding the time to meditate, especially as a frazzled mum, can seem like an impossible idea. Or is it?
Until recently I was like yeah right! I don’t even have time to wash my hair properly…so as for finding the time to meditate? Ha!
Then recently, pure desperation of having some off time from being a mum which didn’t involve locking myself in the upstairs loo pretending to have a poo, I booked myself onto an day’s urban meditation retreat hosted by the lovely Simon Hoten at Yoga 360.
My god, it was bliss on a stick. A whole day, set aside to quieten our minds and explore different types of mediation. Now I’m not going to go into the ins and outs of what we did on the day, but instead want to focus on one massive learning which has changed my life for the better since.
Let me ask you a question – how long do you think you need to sit down and meditate? 20 minutes? Half an hour. An hour?
Yes, of course you can, if you have that amount of time and are so inclined.
But I have not and do not. And I’m guessing that’s the same for you too.
So thankfully, I have learned that you can meditate in as little as…..
three minutes a day
I know what you’re thinking – three minutes meditation? What the heck is that going to do?! But trust me those three minutes despite being only three minutes a) feel a lot longer when you’re meditating (in a good way) and b) do so much to balance and settle your mind that it is probably the best three minutes I spend of my day.
I find the best way of working this in to your day is to do it just before bed – for me – propped up on a couple of pillows. You literally set your timer on your phone (make sure you don’t have some scary rave like ring tone as your notification or see the benefits disappear in an instant) and follow your breathe and switch off your mind for three minutes.
If you haven’t got the faintest idea how to meditate, I would strongly urge you to find a good introduction workshop near you or failing that have a look at this information on how to meditate here. Failing that again, you might fancy exploring some the many meditation apps out there like Buddhify or Headspace which some swear by.
One final word – when I say I meditate for three minutes a day, what I mean is I aim to do it every day, but in reality, it ends up being more like three times a week which is still 9 more minutes than I was doing this time last year, and I believe, has really helped my state of mind especially on those days when everything gets a bit much in life as a mum.
Have you tried meditation? Do you think you could try to meditate for three minutes every day? Do leave a comment and share.
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