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Monday, January 22, 2018

Meditate Anywhere

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I find great joy in meditating. Nonetheless, it is sometimes, okay often, difficult to make time to find stillness during the hectic everyday. If you believe you don’t have time to meditate, you won’t. Even if you really want to, it won't happen until you decide you need it. It really comes down to a matter of choice and commitment, not time. 

Is peace worth the effort? Only you can answer that question.

I offer a compromise. Instead of waiting for a chunk of time to meditate, create mindful intentions. What I mean by this is that you can find stillness in those little free moments between one task and the next. Often times, while you wait.

You can meditate while you wait in the grocery store line. You can find stillness while you wait for a bus. You can relax while you wait to pick up your children. You can produce calm in your body and mind as you wait for an appointment or meeting to begin. You can find balance even as you wash dishes or fold laundry.

Everyday presents little opportunities to transform a moment into stillness. Setting this mindful intention will help keep you calmer, more able to respond and hold less stress in your body.

As you enter into these little meditative moments throughout the day, take a few minutes to check in with yourself. Notice if your back is straight. Are you slouching? Stand more firmly on your feet or settle squarely on your sit-bones if you are sitting. Make sure your hips are in line with your feet and breathe deeply.

Begin to soften the muscles of your face beginning with your forehead and then coming down to your eyes and mouth. Finally, relax your jaw muscles. Breathe freely here.
We tend to hold a lot of tension in our jaw, shoulders and lower back. Acknowledge each of these areas and consciously relax each of these parts of the body in turn. Now, rest your hands by your sides or place them gently in your lap. Breathe evenly.

Notice how it feels to be present with yourself, slowing down your breath and your mind while observing your body. These are the first steps to mediation, which you can enjoy anytime, anywhere.

Taking these few moments to simply check in with yourself will help you transition easier as you flow through your day. By slowing your breathing down, you can respond your surroundings instead of react. This mindful intention can help a day go from hurried to peaceful, give it a try!

Happy Meditating!

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