To those unfamiliar with meditation, it can seem daunting. How do you do it? Do you need special equipment? When does one find the time? Yogis may espouse the virtues of setting a daily routine, with candles and comfy clothes and mantra beads, but the reality is even two minutes of quiet stillness can have a positive effect on stress levels, brain chemistry, and mood.
If you want to enjoy the benefits of meditation but can’t carve out a great length of time, try these four unconventional opportunities to find a little inner peace.
In The Shower
Everyone knows how relaxing a nice hot bath can be, but not every one has the time. But in the shower, under the hot pulsing rhythm of the water, a certain stillness can be found. Try This in your next shower: After you’ve finished the tasks, spend an extra minute under the stream. Close your eyes and focus only on your breathing and the feel of the water hitting your skin. Gradually extend the time you dedicate as your routine and/or water bill allows.
While Making Breakfast
Whether you’re microwaving a breakfast burrito, waiting for your toaster waffle to pop, brewing a cup (or a pot) of coffee, or doing something more elaborate like a full spread, breakfast isn’t instantaneous. Resist the urge to multitask while waiting and instead take a seat. Don’t have chairs in your kitchen? Plop right down on the floor if you have to. You don’t have to worry about timing your meditation, because your microwave/toaster/coffee maker is timing it for you. Focus on your intentions for the day. What do you want to accomplish? Don’t use this time to run through your To Do list, but rather set a general goal for the day that you can work on manifesting. This is great for those who have trouble visualizing, because it gives you a definite timeline to work towards meditating within.
Waiting In Line
Everyone waits in line for something at some point. Picking up lunch, while shopping, or waiting for a gas pump. Whenever you find yourself with idle standing time, work some meditation into the moment. Pick a focal point and cut out all other distractions, and count your breaths. This is great if your errands are causing you stress! You can even utilize the moments at red lights, as long as you’re using the red light as your focal point. Just make sure not to hold up traffic.
On The Toilet
I know this one is pretty out there, but hear me out: Everybody poops. There, I said it; let’s move on. Chances are, at least once a day, you spend a couple minutes in a bathroom. It’s the one time when you’re really guaranteed any privacy. (Unless you’re a mom – mamas out there feel me!) Tae advantage of the private chance to sit in silence by getting comfortable (as comfortable as you can on a toilet seat) and fall into your favorite meditation. Walk yourself through a quick guided imagery or just focus on your breathing. This is a great time to listen to your body and pick up any messages about your health that your insides may be trying to send you.
With practice and a little conscious awareness, you can fit meditation into the most unusual of situations. What do you do for little moments of mindfulness? I’d love to hear your craziest meditation location stories!
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