You've heard of it, you know it's good for your mind but how the hell are you going to find quiet time to make it happen? I get it, I was there too.
These 5 steps have helped me anchor a solid meditation practice into my busy life. Guess what? I can't see my life without meditation now, the impact was that noticeable.
Try these tricks;
1. Find a time that consistently works for you.
Set yourself up for success by finding a realistic time where you will be able to doze off for 15-20 minutes. For me, it happens the minute the kids leave the door for school. That’s my window, every morning.
If I had a stressful day and want to clear the energy I’ll do another one before bed. I fall in deep sleep immediately after which is a nice sleep hack!
2. Use high-quality noise blocking headphones.
That one was HUGE for me. Let’s be realistic: it will never be 100% quiet. And Murphy’s law: it’s always when you start meditating that the neighbor will decide to mow his lawn, sigh. The noise blocking headphones literally allow me to zone out immediately. It’s amazing. I use these Sony ones and highly recommend them.
3. Rely on guidance at first.
Don't try to figure it out on your own; there are SO MANY free apps out there. I personally like Insight Timer and Calm but you have to test them out. Finding one where the voice of the guide isn't irritating was key for me! I actually love guided meditations, especially when I need to make it fast and efficient. Gabby Bernstein is also a guide I often rely on.
4. Actually learn to meditate.
Did you know that there is a technique to a successful and long-lasting meditation practice? If you don’t want to rely on your phone, wifi, or the perfect setting, it may make sense to learn to do it solo, anywhere and everywhere. That was my desire. I learned it through Emily Fletcher who teaches the Ziva Meditation. My husband and I did the course together and it was life-changing. We took it almost 2 years ago and to this day, it’s stuck to our daily routine. Mala Collective has also released a great online course.
5. Have an accountability buddy.
Ideally someone you live with and will help facilitate your practice and hint you a reminder. My husband took the course with me as I wanted to make sure we'd be on the same page when it comes to making time for this in our busy lives. In fact now, on weekends we always compete over who gets to go first lol (kids oblige a take turn strategy!).
I also like walking meditations by the water. They take away the pressure of the perfect setting, because when does it happen anyway? Check the quick video I did on it.
I hope this helps you but at the end of the day, do what works for you!