In our last post on 5 minute meditation, we talked about the practice of presence, and how being totally present and focused on something you’re eating can turn a meal or a snack into a small but perfect meditation.
And incorporate meditation into your busy day (with all of the associated health benefits…)
Groovy, right ? …
Well, let’s look at another simple way to incorporate meditation into something you do everyday.
Let’s meditate while waiting for a meeting or appointment…
The next time you find yourself waiting for something, take the chance to meditate. ..
Take a deep breath in, and hold it for a moment, and then breathe out fully, releasing any stress or negativity with the breath.
If you’re feeling stressed because you have some place to go, do what you can to relax and accept that what you are waiting for will only happen fast as it happens and no faster. That holding onto stress won’t change that. It’ll only make you feel lousy. So, take another deep breath and breathe out as much of that stress as you are ready to let go of.
Mentally, go through each part of your body in turn, looking for parts that are tense or tight, such as neck, jaw or back.
When you find a part of your body that is tense, stop and take a deep breath. Relax that part of your body as you breathe out, and then take another deep breath, picturing that part of your body being filled with protective and healing light.
When you’ve gone through and relaxed any tight parts of your body, it can be helpful to move your body or even to wiggle to move muscles out of cramped positions.
Take one more deep breath, and feel yourself calm, centered and at peace.
This is not always as simple as it sounds – but the more you practice, the better you’ll get at it.
When you’re waiting, you’re present. And it’s much better to be present with peace than frustration.