By Cheryl Mitchell, CIHt    “I don’t have time to meditate!” I hear people say that often and, I have to admit, have tried to convince myself of it at times.  However, the truth is that I have experienced the opposite.  Time to meditate is imperative.  Incorporating it into your daily routine can be extremely beneficial.  Like a part of your daily grooming ritual. 

 

I have discovered that when I don’t allow myself the time to slow down and sit in silence for at least a few minutes each day, my world begins to spin out of control. 

 

It’s interesting because I usually do not even realize that I have allowed meditation time to fall off my schedule until I begin to see signs that I’m spreading my attention too thin.  The interesting part is that I don’t have to actually take on more tasks to experience the feeling of being over loaded.  My work load and activities can remain the same, yet I begin to feel like I am overwhelmed and rushed.  Like I just don’t have the time to do all the things I need to do.

 

That is about when it hits me that I have been neglecting my meditation time and I need to refocus within and find the silence again. It is amazing how even five minutes a day of meditation adds hours to my day.  Naturally, meditation doesn’t actually increase the number of hours in a day, yet when I practice it routinely, the affect is that I feel as though I have more time.  I’m able to accomplish so much more in the same amount of time.  I feel more focused, more centered, and more energized throughout the day.

 

I thoroughly enjoy long, guided meditations. Meditations to meet your inner child, to find your Spirit Guides or Spirit Animal, to increase your abundance and so forth, but that is not what I am referring to when I’m talking about a five minute daily meditation practice.

 

I’m talking about simply sitting quietly and allowing your thoughts to drift into the silence. Merely allowing yourself the time to stop, or at least, severely slow your rapidly firing thoughts. If you haven’t tried it, I challenge you to give it a go.  You may find it a bit frustrating at first. So don’t judge it, or yourself.  Don’t concern yourself with whether or not you are doing it right.  Just sit and allow your thoughts to just be. Once you stop chasing them, they will slow down.  And eventually, once you have trained them, so to speak, that you are just not going to pay them any attention until your allotted time has passed, they will grow silent and wait for you

 

Please join me for our Conscious Community discussion Monday at 7:00pm at www.tfioh.com to learn more and to share your insights and thoughts about meditation.