7. Finding the Time to Meditate

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Lesson seven, how to find time for meditation. The biggest reason people give me for not meditating is that they don't have enough time. Ironically, St. Francis to sales said, half an hour's meditation is essential, except when you're very busy, then a full hour is needed. Why would he say that? It seems counterintuitive, doesn't it? Well, actually, the less stressed you are, the more efficient you are.

Making the time to relax and meditate will help your focus and help you use your time better. At least that's been my experience. But here are some other suggestions as to how to create more time. Go to bed 10 minutes earlier and wake up 10 minutes earlier. Put the alarm across the room. So you have to get up.

Set an alarm clock and your phone alarm set five minutes apart. So if you sleep through one, you may not sleep through the other. spend less time on social media. I'm not saying eliminate it, just spend less time. Set a timer for 15 minutes and then you have to stop. Learn how to say no, you don't have to do everything asked of you.

Don't watch the news in the morning is depressing and takes time away from your morning preparation for the rest of the day. This is one of the few times I would recommend multitasking. If you were in the waiting room at the doctor's have something to do read or write. water the plants or dust while you talk on the phone. These are easy things to do that should still let you focus on your conversation. When cooking, make a double batch and freeze rest for another time.

Make a list of what you need to do and cross each item off as you accomplish it. Trying to keep track in your head of everything you have to do just clutters your mind. Only check email three times a day. If you incorporate some of these practices into your day, I guarantee you will have the time to meditate. Here's a good suggestion. A most useful approach to meditation practice is to consider it the most important activity of each day.

Schedule it as you would an extremely important appointment and unfailingly keep your appointment. Our next lesson is on the power of place or where you meditate

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