Finding Time to Meditate: Creating Space and Time
Meditating is a difficult practice to start for many reasons. One of the most frequent things I hear is that people do not have enough "time" to meditate.
Personally, I feel that when someone (myself included) says they don't have enough time to meditate, what they're really saying is that they don't want to commit the time. Believe me, I get it. Meditating is not a comfortable practice to begin. Being with yourself in silence can be deafening, unfamiliar and uncomfortable. But we all have time.
What if you're really busy? You have time. Meditating is among the least time consuming activity you could possibly start. It can be time consuming, but it doesn't need to be... Meditating can take as little as 10 minutes. The important thing is that you make it a priority.
Where do you create time and space in your schedule for meditating? In the past four, nearly five, years, I've learned that creating space and time for meditating is actually the easiest part of meditating (for me).
When to Create Time to Meditate
Morning and Night - First thing in the morning and before bed are great times to meditate. Just add it to your morning or night time routine.
Before Lunch - If you can spare another 10-15 minutes on your lunch break, add in some meditation here. When eating in a more relaxed state, our bodies digest food better.
After a Daily Meeting or Call - Give yourself time to decompress when you probably need it most...
During Your Cooldown - Add in 10 minutes of meditation after your workout cooldown/stretch.
When You're Home Alone - One of the best times to meditate is when you can arrange to have ZERO distractions.