How to meditate when you don’t have the time

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So you’ve decided to learn how to meditate. You’ve heard all about the benefits of meditation and you’re excited to get going. There’s just one problem, you are a pretty busy person and can’t even imagine how you’re going to find the time to do it daily.

Guess what, there is probably someone who is even busier than you who can find time to meditate. It’s not a matter of having the time; it’s a matter of making the time. If you follow these simple steps you can learn how to meditate and go from not having any time for meditation to meditating daily and loving it.

2-5 Minutes is Enough

It’s important to remember that there is no set time limit on meditation. There is no rule that says you have to meditate for 30 minutes or you won’t see any results. In reality, even just a few minutes spent in meditation is good.

You don’t need to block off a full hour to get your meditation in. It can be something that you simply do for 2-5 minutes on a lunch break or first thing in the morning. Don’t stress yourself out by thinking that you need to meditate for long periods of time. You can still get great benefits from a short meditation practice.

Schedule It

This is maybe one of the most important parts of finding time to meditate. Sit down with your calendar and schedule out a time to do it. Take a look at your day and figure out where you can find a block of time that isn’t being used or isn’t being used wisely.

This may require you to move some things around or change your schedule a little bit. You might even have to get up 5 minutes earlier in order to fit it in. But if you’re serious about meditating, those 5 minutes can make all the difference. Plan a time to do it and make it an important part of your day. It shouldn’t be a meeting that you can reschedule, make it a mandatory thing.

Remember Why It’s Important

If you’re struggling with finding the time to meditate, go back to the basics. Remember why you wanted to start meditating in the first place. Do you want to be more mindful? Feel more in tune with a higher power? Condition your mind for peace?

Whatever your reason for meditating is, I’m sure it is a good one. And if you can’t seem to find the time to do it, it’s probably because you’ve forgotten that reason. You know meditation is important, so figure out how to make the time to do it. No excuses.

Find a Community

If you’re feeling like you need some support on your meditation journey, you can always find a community to join. There are many public meditation centers that you can join where you can practice meditation in a group. Or you could simply find some friends who also want to start meditating regularly and form a support group. This is great especially if you are just learning how to meditate.

It’s easier to stick to something if you have other people holding you accountable. So finding a meditation community could be just the thing you need. When you know that others are making sure that you’re sticking to it, you’ll be more likely to actually get it done. And you’ll enjoy the new relationships you form.

Have a Backup Plan

If you’ve scheduled in a time for your daily meditation practice but can’t seem to stick to it, it’s time to come up with a backup plan. We all have the best intentions when starting a new habit. And we do well for a few days but then things come up that distract us or make us put it off.

If you find this happening a lot, you can create a backup plan to help you get your meditation in. If you have a scheduled time to meditate in the morning, but somehow always get distracted by getting your kids ready for school, have a backup plan to get it done another time. You can schedule a second time in your calendar to do it, or you could decide that you will replace 15 minutes of TV time to meditate. Whatever your backup plan may be, it is good to have a second time slot to fall back on and you’re more likely to actually do it.

All in all, meditation is a great practice and it can be difficult to shut off the distractions of life and find time to do it. With never-ending checklists and people constantly wanting out attention, it can be a struggle to find time for ourselves.

But if you’re really committed to seeing the benefits in your life, there are some simple ways to find time to make meditation a habit. It doesn’t have to be something that you spend hours doing and it isn’t meant to be an extra burden on your life.

Follow these simple tips and start making your meditation a daily ritual.

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Melanie Kernodle is a freelance blogger and writer. After a few lackluster years in the corporate world, she recently ditched her “normal” job to pursue her entrepreneurial passions, travel the world and share her insights with her readers.