12 July 2017

6 Tips to Fit Meditation Into Your Life Each Day

By Mark W Howell

Believe it or not, meditation is not a complicated practice. Kids can meditate as well as adults. You do not have to have a certain surrounding, social training, ethnic background or group to profit from reflection. The ancient spiritual practice provides itself to multiple benefits, favorably enhancing how you function psychologically as well as physically.

Since people have such busy lives, it may seem difficult to work time for meditation into your everyday life. It is easier than you think. The following tips will certainly help you have time each day to relax your mind, concentrate on the "present", and enjoy the many positive effects of meditation.

1. Try to find Time Gaps

Even the busiest individuals have 10 to 15 minute empty spots in their days. So do you. Start checking out your regular daily schedule. You can probably find at least one, if not more, spots in your day where you can use the time differently. Take advantage of this time to meditate as well as provide a mental reset.

2. Don't Worry About Having the Typical Meditation Experience

You don't have to be on a pillow on the floor seated in the lotus position, the room full of lavender scent and mystical music. Meditation can happen in the drive-through, while doing laundry, or when you are sitting in your car waiting for the kids to get out of school.

3. Meditate Just Before Going to Bed or Waking Up

If you are like most of us, you use the time before going to bed watching television, checking Facebook or some other less important activity. Swap out at least 15 minutes of that time to use for meditating. In fact, you could go to bed 15 minutes early and simply meditate just before drifting off to sleep. Another option is to set your alarm 15 minutes earlier and use that time to meditate and start your day on a positive note.

4. Make an Appointment with Yourself

When you focus on something by putting it on your calendar, you improve the odds of getting it done. Because our minds like lists of things to do you can help yourself by scheduling a regular time each day for meditation. It doesn't matter if you use a paper planner, online calendar or your phone. What matter is that you schedule it in and set a reminder so you receive a little motivation to take the time to meditate.

5. Make it a Part of Your Exercise Routine

Do you take your dog on a walk each day? Do you jog, walk, bike, swim or do some other physical activity every day? If so, combine your meditation with your workout. Meditation does not necessarily mean you need to close your eyes and shut out everything. You can use the time while exercising to focus your mind on the present.

6. You Can do it With Two Breaths

Before you return a call, check your e-mail, back out of your garage or do some other simple job, take in 2 deep breaths. If you can, close your eyes, and pay attention to your breath. Take each breath in deeply, hold it for 2 seconds, and then breathe out slowly. No matter how busy your day may be, this is a simple method to enjoy several moments of relaxation and meditation throughout the day.
Choose 1 or more of these tips to put into your daily routine and begin to experience the positive changes. After you put one of these into practice you can add a second one to your day to add variety or to at least have options based upon your schedule of activities. You can do this!

Mark Howell is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Instructor and Executive Life Coach. He is the founder of Life Change Hypnosis Clinic. Using hypnosis, mindfulness training and personal coaching he helps people master true empowerment to accomplish their goals.

Learn more about the benefits of hypnosis and the services offered through Life Change Hypnosis Clinic.

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