City life can make it tricky to find the time to switch off. Most of us lead such very busy lives. I often struggle to juggle work, personal projects, responsibilities, let alone my social life. Spinning this many plates over a period of time can leave many of us on the brink of burn out. And that’s where meditation comes in. Offering us a life line for the chaos of life.
With more and more studies proving the health benefits of having a yoga or meditation practise in our daily routine, it isn’t long before we feel like we’re drowning in responsibility.
And if it’s one thing I really don’t need on top of the never ending to do list, it’s the feeling of guilt as I miss out on yet another night of mediation.
We’ve got enough guilt to manoeuvre!
It doesn’t have to be this way. Ironically, meditation is the very thing designed to help.
All you have to do is change your mindset to help free up more time for the things that really matter. Life is only as good as your mindset. When we change our mindset, we change our life. There is life over the rainbow.
What if I were to tell you that the art of meditation is a lot simpler, and easier to manage than we all think. The truth is:
You can practise meditation anywhere, at any time.
Whether it involves taking up a new hobby like painting, or learning to play an instrument. Or perhaps through some of your routines like your morning shower, or daily commute. You can easily incorporate mindfulness into nearly any part of your day. And If, like me, you need a lot of variety, then you can mix and match to get the benefits from all.
I’m fortunate that traditional mediation techniques come naturally to me. However if you struggle to silence that inner voice then why not try one of the activity based meditations like Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages. It is the simple practise of jotting down all of your free thought onto 3 pages of A4 as part of your morning routine. It’s surprising how much space you create by clearing out your excess chatter.
Why not check out a group meditation class like one at The Refinery in East London, or perhaps an online guided or audio meditation to help you wind down before bed. Something like this Binaural Beats mediation which resonates at the frequency designed to encourage relaxation, promote positivity, and decrease anxiety.
Something as simple as eating a meal with full presence can have wonderful results.
When was the last time you really ate in a mindful way? Really savouring each bite without any distractions. We all have to make time to eat, so why not make it part of your meditation practise. And who knows it might have a positive effect on your relationship with food in general. Which is no bad thing. I usually start small with a piece of chocolate, or a slice of fruit.
By giving yourself room to enjoy the little things, you actually create more space for everything else, which over a period of time can have a huge impact on your life. Also see my post on my weekly swimming ritual to help me stay focused at the start of each week.