Who has the time to meditate? We’re lucky if we make it through the day without losing our minds. With an ever-growing to-do, distractions, and the pressure from society to be active, we are constantly under stress. We’ve heard of the benefits of mindfulness and Meditation, such as improved mental health and emotional stability. The thought of adding another thing to do can make us feel overwhelmed. We know it is good for us, but we don’t want to add more. You might think, “I don’t have the time to sit down for an hour.” But you can reap all of the benefits of Meditation by simply breathing, pausing, and noticing. These three elements are easy to integrate into a daily practice of mindfulness.
Breath is the most powerful tool to help us achieve a more mindful life. Before getting up, take five to ten conscious deep breaths. You will be grounded at the moment, and the tone of your day is set. Set an intention to check in with your breath throughout the day regularly. You might commit to practicing so hum Meditation while waiting at stoplights or sitting in line.
In the middle of an active day, create opportunities to stop and think. This is a great way to stop the unconscious mental chatter and get reoriented.
Mindful eating is a good practice. Taking three slow bites while being fully aware before every meal is an excellent habit. Exploring the texture, temperature, taste, and emotional feelings you feel when eating can help you to better understand your food. This practice can improve your health and change your relationship with food.
Consider using sound cues to create pauses in your day. You can stop and take several deep breaths each time you hear the cue. It could be a clock striking an hour, a ringing cell phone, or a car horn. You can also set a reminder to pause regularly during the day.
Our minds tend to wander to the past and future while on autopilot. Find ways to immerse yourself in the sensory experience that is the present moment. Even a gentle walk, such as the one to or from your car, can be transformed into a walking meditation. You will become more aware of your surroundings and the mechanics behind each step. By giving your attention to the task, you can transform it from a chore into a meditation. While you sweep, pay attention to the broom’s sound on the floor and the sensation of the sweeping movement in your body. You can also add a simple phrase like “I Am Present” to help you stay focused. Body scanning is another way to focus your attention. A simple and grounding practice is to notice how your body feels. You can do this anywhere.
It is not necessary to have a formal meditation to achieve the desired results. You can weave mindfulness into every aspect of your life. Even a small amount helps. There are many apps that you can use to help.
Have fun and experiment! Integrating meditative practice into daily life requires time, patience, and commitment. Keep going! Start small and work your way up. There are no limits to the rewards!