Making Meditation a Daily Practice
Sunday, March 03, 2013
This is an idea that has appealed to me since I took my first class in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction two years ago, but I have yet to meditate seven days in row. Recently, in response to some stressful events at work, I have started mediating before going into the building. I typically work two days a week and every third Saturday, but for most of February I worked three to four days week. So I have been come closer to a daily practice in the past month than ever before. It changes the way I approach the day, things go so much better.
The animal hospital I work in is located in a strip mall. I leave home a few minutes early, park in the parking lot, turn off the radio, set an alarm on my phone, and meditate briefly before going in. It has become a time that I crave and look forward to. On really hectic days, I find myself thinking that I should steal a few minutes in the Quiet Room (a comfortable room dedicated to acupuncture and laser therapy treatments, difficult conversations, and euthanasia), for a few more minutes of meditation. I have yet to take that time for myself.
How will I make this a daily practice, with kids, pets, husband and work to juggle? Each day , I will identify at least 5 minutes for meditation, and put it on my schedule. I will honor that craving to slip into the Quiet Room and have a few minutes for myself. After all, I'm there for ten to twelve hours every day, no one will miss me for five minutes, right?