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squeezing in meditation

How I Squeeze in Meditation

Meditation has always felt like an impossible task. Carving out the time, figuring out how to do it right, and of course, scoping out the perfect space free of distractions. I stopped trying to control all the variables and started squeezing in meditation wherever I could.

At the time I decided to meditate my life was very chaotic and I knew meditation could help me better manage my sanity. I was juggling a full-time job and a chronic illness. My days were filled with my corporate 9-5, doctors’ appointments before and after work, holistic treatments, food prep, and taking insane amounts of supplements. It was exhausting and even more so because I didn’t feel well. 

Meditating Anywhere

During this stressful time, I tried to meditate to keep myself sane but I didn’t always have the time to do so. Instead, I learned how to meditate wherever I could. This included:

  • On my lunch break
  • Doctors office waiting rooms
  • During IV treatments
  • Subway commute (the least relaxing place on earth)
  • Listening to meditations in bed before going to sleep

Meditation Tools & Tips

In order to make this work and feel the benefits, I downloaded a few guided meditations. I found these under the Podcast section of my iPhone, or through Headspace. These helped me tune out the noise wherever I was.

If it was the subway, I tried to snag a seat or stay away from standing near the door so I wasn’t interrupted by others needing me to move. Also, be sure to choose a guided meditation that’s less than your commute so you don’t miss your stop. 

The result?

I actually looked forward to my morning commute or my IV drips because I turned these otherwise uneventful tasks into a few minutes to relax.

The point here, is you don’t need a meditation pillow, sage, and crystals to meditate and reap the benefits. You can squeeze in meditation whenever you have a few minutes to spare. From your morning commute to your 15 minutes in-between meetings. All these free moments are fair game to reduce stress and refuel.