Even if you have tried all the mainstream time management techniques your to-do list things can still seem overwhelming. When I feel this way I make sure I put meditation back in my life. This post is all about how meditation and mindfulness can make you feel lighter and much more in control. And ready to face that to do list head on!
Join the Mindfulness Revolution!
Have you heard about Mindfulness yet? It not, don’t worry, you’ve probably been too busy, up to your eyes in nappies or board reports or both. But that’s a shame because people like us who fall into bed exhausted at the end of the day and wake up just as bad can benefit hugely from it.
So, what exactly is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness helps you pay attention to the present moment using techniques like meditation and breathing. When we practice mindfulness we become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we are able to manage them. Basically, it’s about giving yourself a break from thinking. Bliss!
If you are stressed, tired, and exhausted by everything that goes with trying to balance your career, business and home life, mindfulness can really help. It is proven (properly, by scientists and everything) to boost your attention, reduce stress, anxiety and depression and can help with conditions like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain. It can help mend and build relationships as we become happier and calmer and, if nothing else, can just make us feel a bit more satisfied with our lot in life. Can’t be a bad thing.
Okay, but you’ll never get me Ohming on the floor and anyway I’m too busy…
There is no chanting or mantras in the meditation I practice now. I sit upright in a chair and don’t even have to do that thing Buddha does with his fingers…you know what I’m talking about don’t you? I did a session on the tube the other day, albeit not a packed one so I got a seat. I just looked like I was having a little nap (I hope?!)
As for the time management issue, you can practice and get benefits from as little as 10 minutes a day. You can do this first thing in the morning, in the middle of the day or last thing at night. First thing is the recommended time but I get up at 5.45 and there is no way I’m getting up any earlier….not even for transcendence. I choose to do my mindfulness practice when I have finished work, before I get the kids from school. It is a great full stop on my day and a way to recharge my battery before I see the kids. You could do it on the train, when you are waiting to pick the kids up from school, at lunch….come on, you can find 10 minutes can’t you?
Okay, but I don’t know any Maharishis, how do I do this?
Aha, great question! Once upon a time I practiced meditation with a wonderful woman called Gillian Lavender who runs the London Meditation Centre. She teaches Vedic meditation and is truly amazing. You have to sit down when you meet her, she is so relaxed! If you are ready to take your meditation seriously, she is your woman.
But if you don’t live in London or want to ease in a bit more gently you have to try Headspace. True to our age they have a wonderful app…..hence tube, car anywhere you want practice and it is absolutely fantastic.
Headspace was founded by a wonderful Brit called Andy Puddicombe, an ex-sports scientist turned Buddhist monk with a very down to earth manner who makes you want to tune in every day to listen to him guide you gently through your next session.
I am really impressed with the quality and approach and if you are looking for something to help you feel a little more relaxed and happy with your lot I would highly recommend it to you. Follow this link to find out more about Headspace.
So, Mindfulness, helps you keep calm and gives that time to smell the roses. Seeing as I’ve been going on about this all week over at the Apple Bower, I think I should leave you now and sit alone without my thoughts for a while. Nice!
Please let me know if you try Headspace or get in touch with Gillian. Do you meditate anyway, have you started and stopped? Did you take any benefit from it or is this just a fad? Let me know, leave me a comment. Thanks!