"Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
When I teach people mindfulness meditation, I'm always touched by how absorbed and peaceful they look while they're meditating, but even though they love it while they're doing it, many of them admit they don't on their own.
It's always curious to me why people avoid or resist doing something that gives them tremendous joy, or in the case of meditation, inner peace. They know how good it makes them feel when they're doing it, and yet, they don't or "can't" seem to find time to do it during their day.
And that's the very thing I want to address: how to find time in your day to meditate. It would be great to carve out 20 minutes to sit quietly and meditate, and if you can do it twice a day, even better. But if you can find just 10 minutes -- we're talking the amount of time it probably takes for you to wash you face, brush your teeth and floss -- you can meditate.
Here's a list of some ways you can find time to meditate in between the times you think you can't. Try these for 10 minutes:
1. When you wake up, if the first thing you do is go on your gadgets -- computer, iPad, phone, etc. -- meditate instead.
2. Before you take a shower, meditate.
3. If you turn on the TV to watch it even for a little while, meditate instead.
4. If you're working from home, take a break and meditate. You don't even have to get up from the chair you're sitting in.
5. If you work at an office away from home, do the same during your lunch break. Or if you go out, do it somewhere you can, like at a park or even in your car.
6. When you come home, before you get into your evening routine like making dinner, etc., meditate.
8. Before you turn on the TV to watch the news or your favorite shows, meditate.
9. Before you take a bath or shower, meditate.
10.Before you get ready for bed, meditate.
The truth is, we all have 10 minutes to spare, so why not give that time to meditate? You know it makes you feel good, you just need to do it.
And by the way, you found time to read this article, didn't you? Just saying...