Why you think you haven't got time to meditate

Not tonight, I’m washing my hair

Meditation is a bit like exercise, the more you do it the easier it gets and then it just becomes part of your daily routine. Like brushing your hair, cleaning your teeth, breathing and drinking tea. Like exercise though, it can be one of the things that falls off the list if you’re too busy. And you find yourself making excuses.

I’ve met a few people who’ve said they’re too busy to meditate. When they’ve gone on to describe their lifes, that’s exactly why they need to meditate! You all have a lot of things to deal with in the modern world. Work, children, worries about family, looking after your home. Social media doesn't help, bombarding us with people that we feel that we need to keep up with.

That’s when things are going well, life throws you a curve ball and suddenly you’re over the tipping point that was just keeping you in control. Make room for meditation in your life and it can help you to stop the pan boiling over.

What’s really going on when you think you’re too busy to meditate?

  1. You’ve put yourself under so much pressure that the thought of ‘dropping the ball’ is just terrifying.

  2. You think its selfish to spend the time on yourself.

  3. You keep occupied because actually you don't want to think about what might be under all the ‘stuff’ that keeps you from going to that place inside your head.

  4. You think that by slowing yourself down, you won’t get as much done.

  5. It takes too long.

  6. You don’t feel stressed right now so you’ll wait until you need to do it.

Ok, so we’ve come up with all the reasons why you think you’re too busy. The fact that you think you’re close to losing control or not coping with everything is a sign that you need to take some time to yourself. And whilst you are running round like a headless chicken, some of those things can just wait.

Taking the time for yourself is essential in todays world to bring back your sense of self and the feelings of peace and harmony that you are craving. Think about you for a change. Other people in your life will be more grateful when you’re not snapping at them or you’re always at the end of your tether.

Whilst you maybe scared about the emotions that are hiding, looking at what your triggers are is really helpful and gets you back in control. You’ll be more productive and might find yourself with ‘free time’.

6 Tips for fitting meditation into your life

  1. Set a regular time to meditate and stick to it.

  2. Start each meditation with no intention of how long or what the experience is going to be. Having an open mind means you won’t be disappointed or put off if it wasn’t what you were expecting.

  3. Be kind to yourself. It’s not a competition and no-one is judging you.

  4. Meditate even when you feel fine. The idea is to keep you on an even keel, so when the boat does start rocking, you’re ready for it.

  5. Protect your time and space. Tell those that you live with, this is your time and you don’t want to be disturbed.

  6. Start with a couple of minutes and build it up slowly each time. Do as long as you feel comfortable with. A few minutes is better than not at all if you think you haven’t got time.

Meditation on the go

If you need to meditate on the go here are a couple of ways that you can incorporate it into your journey, working day or busy schedule. Try using a mantra that you can focus on to help dissolve any emotions that are taking over. Use words that mean something to you but some ideas are calm, peace, patient, positive, happiness, gratitude, compassion. Repeat the word to yourself continuously.

With the mantra, focus on your breathing, which will automatically slow everything down. Inhaling and exhaling and noticing where you feel the breath the most.

There are many apps available now, which you can plug into on the move, which keeps your interest and you can choose the length of meditation that you want. This article lists the Best Meditation apps of 2018.

Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment
— Thich Nhat Hanh