Time is one of the greatest gifts humans are given and boy, are we good at filling it. I must admit, when I hear people say they don’t have time to meditate, my inner reaction is a cringe and the thought that we all have the same 24 hours in our day. What we have time for is what we prioritize. Sadly, and all too often, we are not taught to or encouraged to prioritize ourselves. But when we fail to, our energy reserves are easily depleted and the bucket scrapes nothing but rocks and dirt at the bottom of our well.
Making Time to Meditate
There is just no way to be the best version of ourselves when we are drained of energy and don’t know how to acquire more. When we meditate, no matter what the style, we expand our minds’ capability to process experiences as a result of the neuropathways that are strengthened by using our minds in this new way. It’s as if we have lived in the same house our whole lives one day stumbling into a room we never knew was there, only to discover that it’s not only a control center but also our “Beam me up” portal to the Universe. When we are in the zone, we are aware of being each of our cells and every molecule in the Universe all at the same time.
I know that sounds like a lot, and perhaps a bit melodramatic. But I can assure you, by my personal experience, the time I take out of my day to meditate becomes one of the best parts of it. On any given day, I may go into my practice feeling anxious, overwhelmed, tired, impatient or happy, excited or grateful. As I connect to my breath, things begin to slow down, fall away and I am able to slip through the doorway that takes me to my inner space where I feel connected to my essence.
The experience I am gifted with is sometimes subtly peaceful. Other times, it is cathartic and powerful. Every time, it is what I need. Whether a feeling, connection with loved ones who have passed, or a message received, I return to the outside world feeling better – lighter, freer, more sure of my direction in some way, and always with my battery charged. All in 15-20 minutes once or twice a day. Simply by focusing my mind on being present for myself.
Spending Time to Meditate Pays Off
How do I see my time paying off, you may be wondering? As I care for my mother who is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, I can very clearly see an improvement in my patience and overall approach with her, even when I am tired. My state of mind has had a direct effect on her and how our day goes, in either direction. Meditation has given me the ability to put space between myself and my stressors, making it much easier to see new solutions.
The more I practice, the quicker the process of dropping into this dimension of meditation, making it that much more of a quick and effective pit-stop to top off my energy supply. My practice of Qigong, a form of moving meditation, has also enhanced my physical well-being. That story, I will save for another time.
As I wrap this up, I challenge you to make a list of your daily activities and notice where you can give yourself 5-15 minutes once or twice a day to invest in yourself. In going within to find your deepest self and cultivate that relationshipyou take a personal adventure that not everyone chooses to take advantage of.
So, who has time to meditate? My response is, who doesn’t have time to meditate when it means showing up better for everything we do?