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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?
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  • MLH148
    Absolutely slip away for those few minutes. I hope it really makes a difference for you.
    1664 days ago
    I too am trying to add meditation to my daily routine. I began getting up earlier. I sit in my meditation chair and begin my morning meditation/prayers, I usually end up with 10-15 minutes and I agree it does seem to make the day brighter. I have yet ti figure out how to sneak in a few minutes during the day at the office. Once or twice, I've gone into my husband 's dark office while he is out and manged a few minutes, it does help.
    1664 days ago
    Setting aside time for yourself just to meditate is a great goal. You will be successful!
    1664 days ago
    RIGHT! You should "steal" a few minutes in your day in contemplation and reflection. If only I could practice what I preach!

    1664 days ago
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