But, ironically, it is just this type of hectic lifestyle that is best suited to meditation. That’s not to suggest that meditating with such time commitments will be easy, but what it will do is help the busy individual focus their energies more efficiently, “decompress” either before or after a long day or work, and teach willpower.
Most people have heard of the so-called power nap, a short 10- or 15- minute nap that re-energizes you without leaving you exhausted, as longer naps tend to do. For the busy individual looking to make a little “me time,” power meditation could be the answer. Now, when we think of meditation, we don’t typically think of it being a high-powered affair. It is, rather, meant to be relaxing; an opportunity to turn inward and to let one’s mind achieve a sense of detachment from all the stresses and problems in the world.
But, for the busy person, it is this goal of de-stressing that is so difficult to achieve. First, a commitment to meditate must be made. It doesn’t have to be for a very long period of time, the same 10 or 15 minutes associated with the power nap can work here. The second thing to do is to pick a time during the day that will be dedicated to meditation. There will, naturally, be days when this time will not work, so have a backup time is a good idea. The point is that meditation is SCHEDULED in your mind.
By adhering to that schedule, one can actually create more stability and organization in their lives, and can in the process also work toward honing their will power, an important element in making time for one’s self when work, family and other responsibilities can make taking time away very difficult.
Next, pick a place to meditate. It can be your favorite chair, the front porch, under a tree in your backyard, or just about any place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. You can add candles, light music, and scents if you like, or just go about meditation in the most simple way possible. That part is entirely up to you.
Finally, create goals for your meditation. This is probably the hardest part, aside from actually taking the 10-15 minutes per day out of your schedule. It is occasionally difficult to determine specific goals when it comes to meditation, but people tend to meditate for a variety of reasons. If your goal is to become more focused in order to better succeed at work or raising a family, write it down and try to achieve it. If you don’t want stress in your life, perhaps measured by a lower standing heart rate or lower blood pressure, make that the goal, and stick to trying to achieve it.
By carving out just 10-15 minutes each day, or even on most days during the week, people that would otherwise succumb to the rigors of modern life may be able to add balance, peace, and harmony to their lives that they never knew they could find so easily.
Tiffany is a Medical Student and also works as a fitness coach in part-time. She is also a writer and writes on health and fitness articles. Tiffany loves to engage with users and help them provide various useful information on General Health. She provides researched-based information and also featured on various blogs and magazines.