The Simple Way to Make Time to Meditate (Now)


I often get asked, how do you make time to meditate with kids, work, and life? I have found the answer to meditation. Simple? Yes. Easy? No.

The key? When you think it, do it.

It’s easy with a to-do list 30 days long to put it off until the “right” time. I’m thinking of meditating but want to eat (first). Or pay the bill first. Or any other thing that is a constant in life. And yet, when we push meditation aside, it becomes another thing “to do”. Another item on the list to keep us from being in the moment. And it’s that list that keeps us from being free. Next you know, this thing that’s supposedly the answer to feeling better is another “should” that brings on guilt and anxiety.

Today I thought of it and thought of it and thought of it. The time wasted thinking about meditating could have been used to sit in silence. And so when it finally was time for it, I was anxious/excited to pick up my littles who are at their first day at the new sitters and yet, I know, if I don’t do it now, tonight will come and I’ll be “too tired”. Or… if I do it now, tonight will come and I’ll have the chance to sit some more. Because I know it feeds my soul. And it can feed your soul, too. So I sat, without a timer this time and 9 minutes flew by. (That darn clock, I sometimes peek!) And then another 5 minutes. And now I’m in such a great, grounded place! I am grateful I’m picking up my kids with the this owed sense of gratitude to self, instead of 20 minutes sooner and in a state of guilt and worry about not fitting it all in.

When you think it, how do you react?