I have 6. I agree have found trouble getting it quiet enough to try to meditate. If I do get it quiet enough I tend to fall asleep. I read an article in Prevention Mag. about medittaion. She ended up practicing mindfulness. I think that sounded more doable. If you are interested sparkmail me and i will see if I can find a link.
Good luck. I know it is a challenge.
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Welcome Charles, It's not easy to sneak off for a few minutes of "me time" when you have a house full of youngsters, is it? I had 4 kids, all very close in age - so I fully understand all the dilemnas they can create. But.. enjoy it, because before you know it these little ones will be all grown up and gone and then you'll have all the time in the world to relax and a little chaos would seem like heaven! I wish you well - and welcome to the team.
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I just activated myself today, well, last night I guess. I joined SparkPeople back in June but was distracted by summer. I decided to have a go at the challenges and to my surprise the most difficult one to accomplish today was the ten minutes of quiet time! I waited until my wife was home from work and everybody was fed, then snuck off to the bedroom to clear my head for ten minutes. I had just set a timer when I heard the kids (7,6, and 3) gleefully screaming about running around barefoot in our doggie-doo minefield. I tried to tune it out but just couldn't deal with it. I reminded my Monday Night Football-hypnotized spouse (yes, I'm a football widower) of the current situation in the backyard and went back to reset my timer and begin anew. Then, right after I started the timer again (of course) I heard water in the bathroom getting turned on...but it was never turned off. Once again I tried to tune it out and hey, maybe it was just one of the outside faucets being turned on to water something - but I just could not relax. I got up to see what it was and sure enough it was my eldest boy in the bathroom with assorted cups apparently interested in filling various containers with various amounts of liquid. So I showed him the error of his ways, escorted him out to watch football with my beautiful bride, and went back to my endeavor. This time I was lucky - the timer went off signaling my time was up just as my second eldest came screaming down the hallway. It was an eye opener for sure!
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