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In recent years, a number of studies have pointed to the benefits of meditation. If you are looking for a way to improve your quality of life, increase your productivity, and even boost your health, meditation might be able to help.
I enjoy meditation, and make it a point to meditate at least once a day. I find that it refreshes me, reduces my stress, and prepares me for what’s next. In many cases, I meditate before I begin a challenging project, just to help me clear my head.
However, many of us have hectic lifestyles. Too often, our days our over-scheduled, and we don’t have unstructured time that can be given over to meditation. What do you do then?
Meditation Doesn’t Have to Take A Lot of Time
The first thing to realize is that meditation doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. While I like to meditate for about 15 minutes at some point during the middle of the day to help me refocus, I don’t usually meditate for very long at other points during the day.
Instead of assuming that you need to meditate for 20 to 30 minutes (although this can be very helpful), realize that you can meditate for as little as five minutes at a time. I often start my day with a short, five-minute meditation. I find it wakes me up, and helps me prepare for the day. When I feel myself losing steam during the day, or feeling stressed, I take another five minutes for meditation.
You can find a number of shorter guided meditations on the Internet. One of my favorites is actually a little longer than five minutes, even though it is called “5 minute meditation for busy people“. Even my 10-year-old son likes this meditation. If he’s home when I do it, he regularly joins in.
Your Meditation Doesn’t Have to Be “Traditional”
Many people get hung up on the idea that “traditional” meditation involves making weird sounds, or sitting in unusual positions. This doesn’t have to be the case. I often meditate in what is referred to as “corpse pose” in yoga — a pose that involves lying down.
But there are other activities that can be done that put you in a state of mind that can be considered meditative. Walking meditation and mindful eating are two examples. You can also use some Yoga styles, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong in your meditation. The important thing to remember in moving meditation, whether you are walking or going through Tai Chi forms, is to use breathing, counting, and sequential movements to help you establish a calming rhythm.
You can also engage in artistic activities as a form of meditation. Painting, drawing, music, and other similar activities can provide a relaxing feeling, as long as you let your feelings flow, and don’t try to accomplish something specific. I find that playing a piece of music that I enjoy, and know well, can be a form of meditation that soothes me — and even stimulates my mind so that I can tackle a tough project later.
These types of enjoyable activities can help you stop pigeonholing meditation as something specific, and provide you with the motivation to take time out for meditation.
Do you make time for meditation? How do you meditate?