Time and Space to Meditate
I’m a meditation teacher, and when I tell people that the first thing they usually say is: “I don’t have time to meditate.” I hear it all the time. Yes, we have busy lives, but if we understood how much more time we would have if we did meditate then it wouldn’t be a problem finding the time! Meditation embodies the whole “do less and accomplish more principle. When we center ourselves and breathe, we better prepare ourselves to face the challenges of the day ahead. We end up being healthier, and happier, so we have less stress in our lives, and take fewer sick days. The other “obstacle” that I come across is that we often don’t have the space to meditate. Our appointment book is cluttered with “to do” lists and our homes and offices are cluttered with excess stuff! There’s hardly room to sit and relax. It is important to make some sacred space in the areas we live and work where we can get away from all the chatter. We can assign ourselves a meditation chair, for example, one where we always go and the minute we sit our mind and body get the signal that it is time to meditate.
Try the “so hum” meditation and see how it feels. “So hum” loosely translates to “I am that,” meaning all of creation. In this meditation the mantra so hum follows the breath. While sitting comfortably, eyes closed, inhale as you silently say to yourself: “So” and then exhale as you silently say to yourself: “Hum.” After a few breaths, you will notice that your mind settles down and you may slip into silence. If you are interrupted by a thought, go back to silently repeating “so hum” along with your breath. I have many meditations up on the psmeditation.com site so please check them out!