I am a mother, wife, web developer, blogger, business manager and business owner. I have an 8-year-old and an almost 13-year-old. I volunteer at the elementary and middle school. My children are in band, on the robotics team, play baseball and run on the cross country team. As a family, we like to travel, hike, camp and stay active in our community and church. Are you tired yet? I used to be. I used to run myself crazy until I found balance.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “You can’t pour from an empty glass.” Well, I found my glass was getting to be bone dry. Even though I would workout every morning and try to eat healthily, I still felt like I was missing something. My mind was never content. I was constantly overwhelmed.
January 1st of this year I made a promise to myself that I would attempt to meditate every day. I had no real meditation training or experience. I just knew that this was something that I wanted to try to do for myself. I started small with a few minutes every day. Just closing my eyes and focusing on my breathing. Then a couple of weeks into my challenge a friend told me about a donation based 4-week meditation class. I signed up and started going to these classes (my husband even decided to go with me).
During the first class, my instructor charged us with meditating for 15 minutes once a day for a week. That sounded like a LONG time compared to my 5-minute max. He gave us a universal mantra to meditate on and sent us on our way. The first week of meditating 15 minutes a day came with mixed results. Some days it seemed like the 15 minutes flew by, while other days I found my mind wandering and the 15 minutes seemed to drag by.
The next week he charged us with meditating 20 minutes once a day. Again, some days were good, others not so much. The third week he really challenged us. He told us to try to meditate 20 minutes twice a day. Whoa, whoa whoa, buddy! That’s just crazy talk I thought.
I didn’t want to give up so I decided to wake up 20 minutes earlier than usual and meditate first thing in the morning and then meditate before I went to bed. This was a life-changing week. I started to feel happier (even going on less sleep). I had more mental clarity. I found myself being able to take on challenges better. I was also less agitated. This was the week that I realized that there really was something to this whole meditation thing.
Since then I have been meditating 20 minutes a day twice a day (give or take a few days here and there). I haven’t missed a day of meditating since I gave myself the challenge to meditate every day. And my life has drastically changed for the better. I went from being scattered, stressed and frustrated at myself to now, helping my husband pull off planning a yoga festival.
With all that said, I know I’m not the only crazy, stressed parent out there. And I want to help spread this magical tool with you all. But I don’t want to overwhelm you so I’m going to give you some tips on how to help fit meditation in your life in baby steps.
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