People often tell me that they don’t have time to meditate. (Of course, I believe they don’t have time not to meditate!) I thought I’d share one young mother’s solution to this dilemma in the hope that it might inspire you.
Here is her story, which came to me in an email under the subject heading “You are famous in our household!”:
As you know from my participation in the MBSR class, it was challenging with my 2 young daughters to really incorporate the 45-minute practice all at once. What I ended up doing was listening to the meditation recording while sitting in a chair next to my 2 1/2-year-old daughter as she tried to go to sleep. She historically has a really difficult time calming down and falling asleep. Lately, she now is very routine at bedtime and wants to read 2 stories, sing a song and then listen to Linda. She asks every night to listen to your recording and calls you by name! One night I wasn’t home, and I said to my husband “What did you do for bedtime? You don’t have a Linda,” since he doesn’t have your recordings on his phone. He said I just found a meditation on YouTube with a woman’s voice. My husband is now even practicing with her on the nights he puts her to bed! So long story short, daily meditation is becoming a regular practice in our house.
There are two things I love about this story. First, she found a creative way to do the daily practice despite a very full life. Second, her meditation practice has had a direct and beneficial impact on her husband and daughter.
This story speaks to one of the primary reasons that I teach MBSR. When I teach someone, they share what they learn simply by doing the practice each day. This daily meditation impacts the lives of those around them, directly, as in this story, or indirectly, through the way the meditator relates to the events and people in their life.
I’d love to hear how you make time to meditate. Your tip might help someone struggling to fit this important practice into their life. On a larger scale, it may encourage others to become more mindful in this intense and busy world.