Meditation 

Confessions of a Busy Entrepreneur

The first issue with getting started with daily meditation is where to find the time.

To be honest, I’m still working on that. I’ll always be working on it! I began with guided meditations, which help me stay focused. I had never been particularly good at sticking with meditation, so I made a commitment that I would meditate every day. I kept hearing it would change my life. I loaded up my iPod with guided meditations; you can find them free all over the internet. I was then stressing about having TOO many meditations! Not a great start.

You have to stick with it and keep on meditating, even if you feel like you spend more time thinking about all the laundry you should be doing. My mind runs at 100mph most of my waking hours; I wanted to learn how to turn it off on occasion! It does get better and better as you practice. I’m probably about five years into it now, and I see the benefits every day. The more I practice at quieting my mind for meditation; the quicker and more comfortable I am to calm my mind is in my everyday life.

Cathy Sykora

Cathy Sykora

Founder, The Health Coach Group

Cathy helps health coaches build and maintain successful businesses that improve the lives of others.

Seeking Solitude

It’s so important to isolate yourself when you start to meditate. You need to shut out the external and internal distractions as best you can. Not an easy thing to do, unless you live alone, with no pets. My initial goal was to try to meditate first thing in the morning and the last thing before I went to sleep. That almost never happens. I already get up before 6 am every morning, and unless I don’t get out of bed before I meditate, something grabs my attention first. I have to tiptoe into the bathroom and hope the puppy doesn’t hear me! Not likely!

I downloaded some meditations to my phone so that on weekday mornings I can just grab my phone, literally before I even get out of bed, and start my day with some quiet time.

You can also bookmark meditations on YouTube, which are easy to find on the fly. On weekend mornings I get up, take care of the dog, get myself a cup of tea and head back to my room or out to my deck to meditate. I love morning meditations; it’s incredible to start your day with a clear mind.

Evening meditations are lovely; you’re sleepy, so it’s a very different experience. There are some beautiful guided meditations that are designed to be listened to when you’re going to sleep. It’s a fabulous way to wind down your day and calm down your mind for a good nights rest. If there’s something in your life you’re hoping to manifest or focus on, meditating on that topic before you go to sleep is said to tune your dreams and soul into those desires. I find I dream so much more when I meditate before sleep! I’m also keeping a dream journal, that’s a topic for another day.

I’ve tried to meditate during the day. On weekends that’s do-able, on weekdays it’s a riot. I’ve tried to find a quiet lot, in my car, sitting in a pretty place, hoping no police come by and knock on my window wondering if I’m alive!

There’s the delicate balance of needing the car battery on so I can listen to the meditation and since it’s cold so that the heat can run. I don’t want to asphyxiate myself, so then there have to be open windows, you’re starting to get the picture. Not exactly the stress-free environment I’m shooting for.

Meditating, for me, is starting to feel like a splurge on myself, fabulous!

Making time to meditate is now as wonderful as making time for pedicures and massages. I had no idea I would be so enthusiastic about it! I love the little bit of tranquility it brings to my life. With all of the decisions that I have to make on a daily basis, this tranquility is much appreciated.

What is your experience with meditation?  Share in the comments below.

 

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13 Comments

  1. Tandy Elisala

    Meditation has been a huge benefit in my life. Some days, it’s 1 minute and other days I meditate for an hour. There are so many different types of meditations, too. I find that some days I feel like a walking meditation and other days I feel like a chakra meditation. It just depends. I do find that when I get out of bed before meditating, it’s almost certain that I won’t meditate that morning. Like you, I do my best to meditate before getting out of bed. Great article and reminder about this wonderful practice.

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    • Cathy

      Thanks, Tandy. Good for you, I can tell by your disposition that you must do something to center yourself.

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  2. Tamuria

    Meditating really does make you feel better. I have to admit, I don’t have a routine, I just kind of fit it in when I can. I think I should follow your guidance and start my day meditating before I even get out of bed.

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    • Cathy

      Let me know how it works for you. Just try it for a week!

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  3. Claudette Chenevert

    Cathy, you made me laugh because I’m just like you when it comes to meditation. The only time that I committed to the process of meditation every single day – for 40 days, was during college, where I chose as an elective to do yoga.
    In order to pass, we needed to meditate for 90 minutes each day and write in our journal the effects of it.
    It was an amazing experience.
    Do you think I’m ready to do this again? I have come up with too many excuses why not.
    As for meditating just before bed? I have some beautiful soundtracks that I’ve listened to, the first 15 minutes or so. I know them by heart. How they end, I’ve no idea. I’ve fallen asleep on each one, every single time.
    Glad to hear, I’m not the only one trying to find the time (an excuse) to meditate, and not able to. 😉

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    • Cathy

      Hi Claudette, I do meditate. That’s what calms me and keeps me centered. I do a lot of praying too. They both help to strengthen character and focus on what’s really important.

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  4. Beverley Golden

    I have also tried a variety of ways to meditate and find just a few minutes in the morning, using something I learned from Marianne Williamson, is very helpful to ground me before I begin my day. I have done all 21-days of the Oprah and Deepak guided meditations once too. Most others I sign up for, I do not stay consistent. I am also part of a Mindfulness/Drumming group, although we do not meet regularly enough for me to keep it up at home. What I love about combining the mindfulness with drumming, is it is an active form of meditation. That is so key for me, because doing something keeps me much more on track. I’ve also tried a walking mediation, which I love and plan to begin again once the weather is more consistently welcoming! Thanks for sharing your experiences and suggestions, Cathy! For those of us who have super active minds, mediation is challenging, however, with practice, we can slow it down and practice being in our body, vs. living in our minds.

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    • Cathy

      I love the drumming and know exactly what you mean. When I was at Sanoviv they did that with sound. It helped me – that and the relaxation one. Where you go from the tip of your head to your toes, almost like biofeedback, it shows you how much tension you hold in your body.

      Let me know how the walking goes!

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  5. Candess M. Campbell

    Meditation has given me so much! I find that meditating first thing in the morning prior to leaving my bed is the most powerful because I don’t have to clear all the “happenings” of the day, but can bring through some of the information from the nighttime and have an incredible experience.

    I suggest to my clients that when they meditate they set a timer and they are successful when they meditate for that amount of time, rather than judging what happens when they meditate. There are in my meditation that it is all I can do to sit and continue to bring myself back to the meditative state. Other times I end up connected to guides who have directed me to travel to places that end up an amazing sacred experiences (Harmonic Convergence via the Grand Canyon), have given me the curriculum for a new teaching, or even guided me to adjust my thyroid medication, which resulted in less side effects.

    You mentioned different meditations and I’d like to share my “go to” meditation here. It is great to clear your energy field, ground you and teach you to use neutrality and amusement to get through your day as opposed to being reactive.

    http://energymedicinedna.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/01-Trk-01-Grounding-and-Centering-Meditation.mp3

    Enjoy!

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    • Cathy

      Thank you Candess! What a great gift.

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  6. Jackie Harder

    Funny you should mention. Yoga has helped me with my meditation because it helps me focus on my breath. But here’s something you might want to consider: An eye mask. About 2 months ago, my eye doc told me I was having continuing issues with chronic dry eye disease. He recommended a heated eye mask for 10 minutes 2x a day. This is a perfect time for me to meditate. I can’t see anything, but I can hear the birds waking up (yes, I get up before 6 a.m., too), feel the gentle breeze of the fan on my skin and sometimes my red cat, Simba, will jump on my lap to assist. 🙂 Combined with deep breathing (“In with the good shit, out with the bullshit”), I can get in a solid 20 minutes each day. The thing I had to deal with — and this could be your issue, too — is trying too hard…and beating myself up if I don’t do this perfectly. We need to be gentle with ourselves. And, of course, the longer we do it, the better we get at it….and the better we become as human beings.

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  7. Rachel Lavern

    I have definitely find myself saying that I don’t have time to meditate. The quote “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes everyday – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour” comes to mind.

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  8. Lorii Abela

    I practice TM. I try to do it first thing in the morning before I look at my to do list. Otherwise, my mind would be wandering all over thinking of the things I have to complete during the day. There are times that when I do them before I go to bed and it just makes me feel really sleepy.

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