In an increasingly scheduled life (work, parenting, community, health, domestics... you know the drill) it's hard to find 10 minutes to myself.
If you've read about the myriad benefits of meditation but still find it tough to find 10 minutes to yourself, here's how I do it.
- Ten minutes of meditation a day is ten minutes of peace for both my mind and body. It's ten minutes to myself, for myself, to relax and reset. Yes there are a lot of demands on my time and attention but I'm worth this ten minute investment in my wellbeing.
- Ten minutes of meditation a day is ten minutes to clear my mind, to reboot, to gather my thoughts and be in a better mental place to consider and then attack my priorities. If it's worth my time to spend ten minutes writing a to-do list then it's worth spending ten minutes to clear the chaos and mental clutter and make sure I'm getting those priorities straight.
- Ten minutes of meditation a day is ten minutes to slow my body. Mindfulness meditation is now known to reduce blood pressure, to improve sleep, to release muscle tension and to reduce physical pain and discomfort. I'm going to rid myself of my clenched jaw and resting scowl face!
- Ten minutes of meditation a day is ten minutes to develop my happiness and gratitude. Being mindful of our thoughts allows us to break the circuit of negative thinking and to focus instead on all that is good in our world. This is a chance for me to be consciously grateful for my health, family and friends and to thank myself for my ten minutes of time out.
Try it and let me know how you go.