What really is meditation? If you look it up you will find all kinds of definitions and origins from different cultures and traditions. What all of them have in common is they have one core objective: to train the mind to calm itself. In a world full of chaos, battles, viruses, stress, tension, and hate right now it seems who wouldn’t want to find ways to calm our precious minds? I know I would love to find one way I can center myself even for only 10 minutes a day to block out those things we can and cannot control and focus on peace.

When my nutritionist asked me if I mediated I told her no. I pictured myself having to pull out comfortable clothes, lock myself in a room with something burning, and having to have been trained on how to do this meditation ritual. She told me about the health benefits meditation has on people and that it can take only 10 minutes of your day!? It doesn’t have to look a certain way or be in a certain place (I mean ideally it isn’t going to be in the middle of your kitchen during dinner time) but it can anywhere you can get away to be alone for at least 10 minutes. She prioritized that as more important that getting in my daily exercise! Of course I am still trying to fit that into my day too!

When I thought about it since this quarantine hit I had found a way to center myself in this chaotic live I live (even pre covid it was chaos!). I thought back to the times when I maybe thought I was bored or I was driving and couldn’t look at my phone, or when I use all of the hot water in the shower because I simply enjoy thinking about nothing and letting the water fall over me. Those were my meditations! I didn’t think of it that way but I was mentally and physically healthier when I gave myself those times. Since quarantine my job has brought me to the computer daily with hardly any drive time! My kids have been home so while I have been working I have been managing their schoolwork and basic life needs 24-7. My mind and body felt drained, tired, and best way to say it…like crap. Seven months of this.

While I can’t fix what happened in the past and I know I can’t control much of anything anymore I need to find my core again. So this is where I will start. I will find a way to give myself 10 minutes EVERY day to not be plugged into the phone or computer. I will walk away from the hustle and bustle. While we can maybe get a few minutes here and there between running someone somewhere I won’t use that time. If the only time I get is when I lock myself in the bathroom I am willing to pay the extra water bill for my sanity!  I will carve out time to think of….NOTHING! Absolutely nothing! How wonderful!

If you feel like you are craving some order or trying to stop things from spinning on around you I challenge you to meditate 10 minutes a day. Doesn’t matter what it looks like just remember that you need to find time to focus your mind and soul. Imagine how much happier you will be.

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