Every day someone tells me how great they feel when they practice yoga. They feel whole and complete and relaxed and alert -- all at the same time. Yet no sooner than they leave the yoga studio, does the old stress and worry start to seep back into their life. So quickly at times, that it makes them wonder just how long the healthy benefits of a great yoga class stay with them.
When I mention extending those great feelings through meditation, I am inevitably told, “I love the idea, but I just don’t have enough time to meditate.” Or, “There’s just no way I can sit and think for twenty minutes. There’s just too much going on in my head.”
Well guess what, you actually do. You don’t have to sit for twenty minutes or half an hour to benefit from a meditation practice. You only need a few minutes here and there to reduce your stress, minimize the noise from the world around you, and gain control of your life, so you can start to live your life as if you carry your yoga mat with you.
Look at it this way. You have 1,440 minutes in every one of your days. If you take just ten of those at different times during your day, you can improve your health, wealth and wellbeing, and nobody will even know how.
Yes, sitting for twenty or thirty minutes a day is a great practice. It’s a wonderful goal to have, but it’s just not practical for everyone. Especially for today’s busy executive. Still, that’s no reason not to incorporate the value and benefits of deep breathing and meditation into your life.
Think of this practice as a way to bring balance throughout your day. It will also make you more productive and better able to make the kinds of choices you need to make in order to guide your life in the direction you want it to go.
So set the alarm on your iPhone4 or Blackberry Curve and cut out a few minutes in the morning to start your day right, in the middle of the day to reset your energy, and in the evening to enjoy some deep sleep. It takes just ten minutes throughout your entire day, and I know you have ten minutes to start living the life you’ve dreamed of.
Morning [5 minutes]