Meditating in today’s fast-paced life is nigh on impossible. What with so many things on our minds, work stresses, personal issues, chasing bills and payments, and running a family, the ability for peace and quiet can be lost in the cacophony of head traffic.
Added to the rise of technology, with gadgets, mobiles and the like, wouldn’t it be lovely to appreciate the silence and meditate for a few minutes.
There are many meditation techniques, but they take the time to master. If you want a meditation habit, try these three ways to get you started:
Take a slow walk alone: When it comes to meditation, most think you need to sit and find a tranquil place. I learnt a different way: “The walking meditation” technique. It is very effective.
When taking a slow walk, ask yourself:
“Where am I going?”
“What am I doing with my life?” and
“What are the things that make me happy?”
Begin a conversation with yourself as you walk and try to answer your questions.
Take the time to pause, look around and realize the many beautiful things you have been ignoring. The more aware you are, the more you’ll be able to focus on what matters.
Make gratitude a habit: One way to meditate on a busy schedule is saying thank you for just waking up in the morning, to the food on your table and to the people you love. No matter how bad you think things are, there is always something you can appreciate and be thankful for the life you have.
Taste your food: My mum taught me an important lesson. She said we can forget what we learn or the people we met, but we should always remember the taste of food.
When your children ask you to play with them, do so. If your parents ask you to spend time with them, do so. When they are gone, they are not replaceable.
Every opportunity in this life has an expiration date. Change is inevitable, and if you are too busy to enjoy time with the people you love now, you may regret it when the day comes you can no longer be with them. So savor every moment of your life just like the taste of food.