Finding Space for Meditation (Free Preview)

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Foundation Key 1-Create Space

Finding time for meditation seems impossible, I know, because I have been there and even today I still have to make sure I find time in my day to meditate.  With a busy family and a demanding occupation, how do I suggest you create space?  Start simple, really simple.  To begin you are going to take one minute three times a day to find space in your life for meditation.

Give this a try, when you wake up in the morning before you jump out of bed (or standing in place if there is fear of falling back to sleep) spend one minute without any noise, no radio, no phone, no TV, no talking, no thinking about what to do next. Instead of distractions you are going to create space for one minute. Here are some options to do this:

  • count to 60, out loud if you must, in your head is preferred.  You are going to count to 60 a second at a time.  Then your minute is over and your day is on.  Easy!
  • Use the Simetim app. Set it to remind you at wakeup to perform a 1 minute meditation so you do not forget.
  • Use the regular alarm settings on your phone to go off daily to remind you to make the 1 minute effort. Snooze the alarm each time until you have time to do the exercise.

What about the rest of your day?  In the beginning I was sick in bed about 18 hours a day so you would think it wouldn’t be hard to find the space, but it was!  I would go a whole day and realize that I hadn’t spent even a second on meditation.  It turned out not to be just about time but more about mind, it was hard to create the habit.  It was not about creating time it was about creating space for my meditation.  I had alarms set 4 times a day for medication so to create a habit before I took my medicine I spent time with my meditation.  I didn’t have the luxury of thinking do I want to do this.  I was sick, I had to do this!  I did what Nike said, “JUST DO IT” Each time the alarm went off I would take a moment and meditate.  This action was the perfect first step to creating a meditative habit for healing and health.  After about a week I noticed my resistance to creating my meditative space started to fade.  After two weeks I noticed I looked forward to my meditative space!

That was then.  Now how do I find time for my meditative space?  Here are a few examples of easy ways to create space in your life for meditation:

  • When you arrive at your destination if you are early, take half the time your are early and use this for your meditative space.  (The other half of the time is used relaxing and enjoying the feeling and information received. You will learn more about this in subsequent lessons)
  • If you sit down to watch a favorite TV show and you haven’t created your meditative space during the day, take a minute first before pressing play or the power button.
  • In the shower.  (There are specific shower meditations that you will learn when we cover the  tools of meditation.)  I really like this one because in the winter I relax in the hot water and in the summer I am refreshed by the cool water.
  • If you have a long day, before you leave the office take a minute to create your meditative space.  This helps release the day and prepare you for spending time with your family, so it has a two fold benefit.
  • Before utilizing a relaxation technique such as playing cards, gardening, eating a snack
  • While waiting for water to boil, or filling up a drinking bottle with filtered water
  • In a doctor’s office, at line in the bank. ·
  • Anytime you feel stress and think “I just need a minute” take it for meditation or relaxed breath.
  • Before bed, especially if the day has been extreme

In the past, I would often fall asleep as soon as I started meditation.  If you experience this it is okay. You will enter dreamland in a state of meditation instead of lying awake with the monkey mind tossing and turning. We will address this further into the meditation module.

Question and Answers:

What is the practice?  You will create a meditative space by counting to 60 or following an alarm three times a day. You will stay here with this effort until you feel comfortable with it. For some this will be a day, for others it may take several weeks.

What if I forgot my minute….

  • Set an alarm for morning and night (cell phones are great for this) so at least you know you will have two times a day that you can’t forget.
  • Do it as soon as you remember
  • Don’t beat yourself up, you are creating a new habit, be gentle while you do.

Some of us may find this easy and want to do it more than 3 times a day.   Taking a minute for ourselves more than three times a day is okay but you do not need to create meditative space more than three times a day for the average person. The unwell person may need 4-6 times a day if they are inclined.

Is this it or will it get harder?   Yes, this is really it.  Things will change.  Even with the changes it will really stay this simple because you will have laid the proper foundation and understanding all along the way.

Is creating a meditative space really important?   Absolutely.  The conscious mind fights what is new because of all the habitual behaviors we already have.  Giving the mind the space to see meditation as a habit is a foundation key to success.

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