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A New Meditation Habit

For the next two months, I am going to meditate every day for at least five minutes. Because I am also starting a new job, this life change will set the stage for new summer habits. I am still figuring out the best time to do it, but after supper and evening activities seems like it will be the best time. Yesterday I meditated for twenty minutes, and I am going to do today's meditation after I post this. Based on the advice from this lecture by Kelly MacGonigal, I have analysed some of the times when I can see myself failing at this challenge. Some of these challenges include:

Now it is time for me to sit!

Metrorail Meditation

On Kitty Litter Zen Garden

Finding a way to meditate regularly has been a real challenge for me. I tried getting up early to meditate but found I kept hitting snooze. Then for a while I meditated in the evenings but found that it was often skipped for a new episode of Downton Abbey or some other enticing activity. Now my "go to" time for meditating is during my commute which is thankfully by rail. It's not ideal but it happens Monday through Friday, morning and afternoon. I plug in my headphones and set the MP3 player to Jon Kabat-Zinn's Sitting Meditation. It's about 42 minutes long and I have 20 minutes in the morning and another 20 in the afternoon. Occasionally it's a standing meditation rather than sitting. Other times I run into a co-worker who likes to chat and I take that option. But often I have a chance to tune in twice a day.

This week I'm on Spring Break and finding my routine changed has also changed my meditation routine. I'm using other opportunities to be mindful (those litter boxes still need to be changed) but I haven't done my usual meditation. Let's see how it affects my mood and ability to stay present. I'm already missing it and may find a time to sit tonight or tomorrow.

How do you fit meditation into your schedule? Does it make a difference when you don't? I know it does for me, even if I'm in a "low stress" mode.

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