We all know we should, even if it isn’t part of a religious practice, it is now common knowledge that meditation, or purposeful breathing, is a practice every person should put into their day for at least 15 minutes.
The Mayo Clinic says “The emotional benefits of meditation can include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing imagination and creativity
- Increasing patience and tolerance”. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/meditation/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858)
Meditation is a simple practice in its purpose. It simply helps us keep grounded and do a check in with ourselves. We can stay present better, our minds don’t wander as much or worry as much if we meditate.
However, the practicality of incorporating meditation into the busy lives we all have is not quite as simple. One would think, given that I am a practicing pagan/Wiccan that I would make this a part of my daily life. The truth is I am also a full time High School teacher, a mom of 4 boys (2 of whom are at home still), and a wife. What that means in reality is that when I have 15 minutes, I don’t sit and meditate. I have it on my planner as a daily practice, but I haven’t been able to check it off in weeks. I have three apps on my phone, two of which remind me I need to do this; I simply snooze them.
I am very aware that I need to get this practice back into my daily routines. My feelings of being unsettled, ungrounded and flighty would all go away. I also know that to do this I need to spend about 5 hours cleaning the space in my bedroom where my altar and meditation space is set up. This has turned into the “house everything not in use” space for us. That alone is enough to make me give up.
This ties into yesterday’s post about everyday being a new day. Today, when my husband goes to work (so really tonight), I clean my room until it is where I want it to be and where I need it. My mental health isn’t horrid, but it is enough that it is beginning to wear on me. When that happens, things slip and slide into oblivion. I don’t want to clean, I don’t want to get off the couch, I don’t want to do anything. This is a spot I have been in often lately, but I am working on it.
Today is the New Day/Fresh Start I was talking about yesterday.