19 Dec 5 Alternative Ways To Fit Meditation Into Your Daily Routine
In an ideal world, we would conduct meditation at a specific hour each day for a fixed period of time, while seated on a comfortable cushion in a peaceful space. But that’s not the reality — we have families, we work unpredictable work schedules, we share living spaces, we deal with life’s unpredictability everyday. Thus, flexibility is the key to create and sustain a regular practice of meditation.
Meditation restores a sense of inner calm, focuses the mind and releases stress. It helps us maintain steadiness amidst the life changes and emotional shifts we experience on a daily basis. But when we’re juggling busy schedules or caught up in a hectic pace of life, it can become extremely difficult to fit meditation into our everyday routine.
To tackle this problem, we need to move away from traditional methods of meditation practice, which is typically free of noise or distractions, and look for opportunities to meditate amidst the hustle and bustle of our daily life.
Here are a five non-traditional ways to fit meditation into your daily routine.
Whether you’re on a bus, a subway, a plane or a train, being in an enclosed space offers a great opportunity to practice meditation.
Guided meditation sessions like the ones on Aware are easily accessible through your smartphones. All you need to do, is carry a pair of clear sounding and comfortable earphones/headphones with yourself. Then, you can plug into the the world of meditation, while unplugging yourself from the ambient white noise, at any given time.
On A Walk
Whether you’re on your lunch hour from work, walking to meet friends or on your way to your first date, try a moving meditation session to maintain your mental clarity.
At Your Desk
If you’re stuck at your desk, plug your headphones into your computer, close your office door (if you have one) and take a quick meditation break to clear your thoughts and refresh your mind. Again, all you need for this is to have Aware installed on your smartphone..
In The Car
If you’re the designated driver on all road trips or your job requires a lot of driving, there will be times before a meeting or while on pickup duty when you are stuck sitting in a parked car. Just connect your smartphone to your car’s stereo system via bluetooth, USB or an Auxiliary Input(Aux) Cable and start meditating with the guided sessions on Aware.
When the day is done and it’s time to wind down, it’s the perfect time to let go of the mental clutter of the day. Try practising mindful meditation while lying in bed. Not only does it free the mind of stress, it relaxes the body and prepares you for a good night’s sleep.
By practicing meditation on the go, you can still reap the many benefits of meditation without confining your practice to a specific time or place.