I like to think I’m fairly intelligent, but it took me awhile to see the irony.
Needless to say, I’m not doing this session. BUT, I would like to figure out how to work some mindful meditation into my life. The few times I’ve attempted it I sit there trying to focus on my breath. Then my nose itches. I try to ignore it. It gets worse. I move and scratch. Then resume the position. Then my hand is itchy. And my mind starts wandering. And after what feels like eternity I look up to see that about 2 minutes have gone by.
I guess it just takes practice, and it’s something I should commit to. It got me thinking about all the things I read about, or friends tell me about that are good and healthy and great daily practices. I’ll read about how you should do “x” once a day – and it only takes a few minutes, so it’s easy to make time for it! OK – except there are tons of those “x” items that I “should” do to improve the quality of my life and that of my family. I couldn’t resist doing the math.
- 8 hours of sleep (recommended –and for me needed!)
- 9 hours work (7-8 in the office, more in the evenings at home – that’s the nature of my work)
- 1 hour a day commuting/school pickup & dropoff and such
- 1 hour in the morning getting myself and family ready, fixing a healthy breakfast, packing lunches
- 1 hour in the evening cooking a healthy family meal, cleaning up, etc.
- 30 minutes getting ready for bed
- 1 hour exercising (including the to and from) – not all days, but 3 days a week on weekdays
- 1 hour quality kiddo time – playing, reading, whatever
If I start to try to think about all the other things I could do that take just a few minutes a day, I clearly need to be pretty selective about what those are because I just don’t have the time. Gardening in the summer – just needs a few minutes of tending to a day. Meditation – just 15 minutes a day. I like to read and to write too – that’s important to me. And for me there is a lot of value in just doing nothing. Or just laying on the couch with my husband catching up.
So for now – no more stuff. No more hobbies. No more things added to my list that I’ll run out of time for and then feel guilty about not doing. And now I’m heading into a hot bath with essential oils, a couple candles and a good book. Now THAT is a good use of my time!