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.
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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.
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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