Meditation is the key to what many women aspire...balance. Though I don't like the word balance, I do understand the need to feel calm and get through the craze. Let's face it, our days are crazy! When things get crazy, which could be most days, you don't have time to meditate. Well, I'd like to challenge you on that.
Meditating even for just 3-5 minutes a day can be highly rewarding and provide you with the calm you need to get through the craze. Also, meditating isn't about sitting in lotus position with your thumbs and forefingers pressed together as your hands rest on your knees. Typically, this is what we imagine when we think about meditating and what it's supposed to look like. Meditation is about awareness and access. It is an awareness of consciousness or space that is accessible to us, that is wise and provides us with guidance and support. We have a great inner support system that is not tapped into enough and moms especially need to have access to this.
So, I created this super simple, body gratitude meditation that you can do, while you put away dishes, while you pack lunches, while you lay in bed either before you get out of bed in the morning, or while you lay bed to fall asleep. You can do this while you are in the shower, while you are vacumming, or folding laundry. The key is to get aware and then get access.
Notice the task you are doing right now. Just be aware of the vacuum handle, or warm soapy water on your hands as you do dishes. Then, tune in to your body. Just quickly tune in and then we'll start at your feet and move all the to the top of your head. Move your attention to your feet and wiggle your toes or something to be fully aware of your feet and repeat silently to yourself, "I am grateful for my feet." Say this up to 3 times quickly, then move on to the next limb up your body. "I am grateful for my calves." "I am grateful for my thighs." Remember as you move up your body to put your attention there first, then recite the gratitude sentence. Do this until you lose interest. Do this until a thought takes over. The very first time you try this, you may or may not notice that a thought took over and that's okay. If you want to start where you think you left off, just start there. If not, don't worry about it and try it again later in the day or the next day.
Once you've kept up with this practice for a few days, you'll notice that you want to spend more time. You might start becoming aware of sensations, or thoughts that show up that are related to problems that need solving, or a voice that says, "slow down." This is your inner wisdom and support system telling you what you need. Listen to it when you can. The more you start becoming aware, accessing and listening to your inner wisdom, the more calm and ease you'll create in your day.
I'm one for a crazy awesome life, but the crazy life is not one I was willing to live any more. Meditating helped change that for me and it can for you too.
What about you? What sorts of things are you doing to create calm in your crazy life? Has meditating been helpful? Share with me below.
Rubina Cohen is a mom, wife, serial entrepreneur, a self-proclaimed meditation junkie and a "warrior". She is on a mission to help women generate big impact and a generous income by discovering and speaking from their GENIUS. She blogs about the #crazyawesomelife and how other women can live one too. To learn more about Rubina, click here.