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.
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.
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.