3 Easy Steps to Fit Meditation Practice Into A Busy Life

Has meditation practice been shown to improve human health?

Studies are beginning to emerge which are documenting the wide ranging benefits of regular meditation practice. For example, one study concluded that practices like Zen meditation could help treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (known as ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Meditation also was found effective in treating some forms of anxiety and depression..

The results of studies like the one listed above are extremely encouraging, especially now when health costs are skyrocketing. Meditation may offer people a cost effective method for dealing with many health issues. However, while many people are intrigued by these and other scientific accounts of the benefits of meditation, many feel that they do not have the time to practice meditation, or learn enough about it to really enjoy its benefits. However, meditation practice can be integrated into a busy lifestyle quite easily.

Would you like to enjoy the health benefits of meditation but feel that you cannot find the time to work it into your busy life? Follow these 3 easy steps and you will find it very easy to practice meditation on a daily basis, and enjoy its positive effects, even if you think you are too busy.

1. Decide how much time you have to meditate each day.

If its 10 minutes, then so be it. However, you may actually find that once you start practicing, more time will become available. And when you actually start experiencing the benefits meditation can bring, you will want to dedicate more time to your practice.

2. Divide whatever time you have decided you can dedicate to meditation in half, and practice half in the morning, and the other half in the evening right before going to bed.

If you decide you have 20 minutes each day to devote to meditation, use 10 of those minutes in the morning, and the other 10 minutes in the evening. The benefits of this are two fold. First, you begin and end each day by calming your mind and body, which will help you be more productive during the day, and sleep better at night. The second benefit is you will begin to impress upon your subconscious mind the importance of practicing meditation, which will make it easier for you to continue the practice long term.

3. Research and find a good beginners guide to meditation which is geared towards helping you focus your mind.

When you begin meditating, you will find your mind is very easily distracted. Therefore, I recommend not beginning your meditation journey with Zen like practices of emptying the mind, because those are advanced practices, and as a beginner you may find them challenging. Instead, try focusing your mind on something specific while meditating. For example, if you wish to meditate in the Christian tradition, you can use scripture, especially the Psalms, to calm the mind and focus it. If you are interested in eastern styles of meditation, find recordings of sacred sounds, or mantras like AUM, which are very effective for calming and focusing the mind. And non-religious practices can utilize recordings of the sounds of nature, accompanied by soothing music. Whatever you decide to use, make sure it is something that will help you calm your mind down so that your meditation practice is effective, and that you continue practicing with this method consistently.

The best part about step three is most of what you need can be acquired easily and at a very low cost. I hope you find these three steps helpful in beginning your meditation practice.