Simple strategies for busy people on how to make time for meditation
Hello my friends! Greg Clowminzer here. In this video, I'm gonna be talking about strategies to help busy people, type-A personalities, make the time or take the time for a daily meditation practice. My advice, you know, starting off would be number one to really examine why you want to meditate. Understanding your motives for anything is very important, very key. It will also help you be more consistent with your meditation practice to understand why you're doing that. Many people are brought to meditation because something's not working in their life, they can't get to sleep, they're overwhelmed, they have a difficult time focusing or concentrating, they're edgy, it's affecting their relationships, it's affecting their ability to communicate and articulate their vision to the team, there's a lot of symptoms or challenges that bring people to this idea of meditation. Most leaders, you know, and sages from all time have really encouraged the practice of self-reflection, contemplation, meditation. This is really a time for you to make the shift from, you know, what our culture defines as important in terms of doing and having to what some of the great sages have said is taking the time to practice that which is now I'm doing, i.e. meditation. So, one of very first things is that if you're busy type-A personality, the very first thing that you have to do is make no excuses that you don't have time. Everybody can get up at least 20 minutes earlier, okay. So one strategy is just get up 20 minutes earlier in the morning and start your day a little bit earlier and start it off with a meditation practice. That's strategy number one. Strategy number two is to throughout the day, turn off everything. Turn off your cell phone, your Instant Messengers, you computers, your emails, whatever it is and just allow yourself to sit for five minutes and just be, okay. There's a lot of meditation. There's hundreds and hundreds of meditation practices but at the very least most people find it really difficult to just be. They're in such doing mode or trying to do something. They're trying to grow their business. They're trying to improve something. One of my favourite meditations is closing my eyes and entering into a state of what I call the state of not trying. Not trying to be a better parent. Not trying to make more money. Not trying to solve any problems. And just allowing myself to sit and relax and enter into a state of none trying. If you're a type-A personality, you're driving driving driving, always trying to make something happen, just allow yourself and give your whole body system, mind. Just allow it to just turn off and give yourself the privilege of not trying to solve anything or do anything or figure anything out. The other thing that you can do is just slow down. And one of the things you can do is leave your office and simply go for a walk. A five-minute walk, a 15-minute walk, whatever the case may be. And when you walk, try to walk at 50% of your normal speed. There is this relationship with our mind and our body and the same it goes like this: wherever the mind goes, the body follows. So if you simply slow down your pace. Now you speak, now you walk. Your mind has to follow that. It will also slow down. So, go for walks. Walk slowly. The other thing you can do is even when you're driving to the office and driving, you know, you just check-in with yourself. Get present with yourself. Simply asking the question, "What is it like to be with me in this moment?" It's a meditation practice. It's a mindfulness practice if you will. It's checking in with getting present with yourself by simple question and asking, "What's it like to be with me in this moment?" Okay? Those are a couple of tips. I hope you find it helpful. Again, my name is Greg Clowminzer and if I could be of any other service to you, feel free to reach out to me. Thanks for watching.