Tomorrow is moving day. The last week has been full of packing, cleaning, organising and coordinating and action.
Despite multiple lists, moving experience and proven ability to get the job done, I still find this time a very stressful and emotion charged time.
In the lead to up to moving, when all the action is taking place, I eat on the run (often bad food choices), my routine is non-existent and my sleep patterns are disturbed.
All of this leads to poor mood, negative thinking and bad skin!
And I add to my stress by stressing about missing my meditation and exercise time.
I am the sort of person who needs, craves time to myself to relax and do what I have to in my own time and in my own way. When in the middle of a big move, it is hard to find the time to do anything, let alone find time to meditation.
Or so I thought.
I recently read a book from the lifeflow institute in South Australia which talked about Spot Meditations.
These are mini meditations that can be done quickly, anywhere, anytime and provide the space to find balance in a hectic or stressful time.
So, faced with time pressures and interruptions of all sorts, I found myself practicing a few spot meditations.
I began practicing a little mindfulness each time I paused to have a sip of water. I would take a few minutes to notice the action of lifting the glass from the bench or table to my lips. I noticed the feel of the water in my mouth, the temperature difference and the feel of the water as I swallowed it. It’s journey into my stomach.
When I moved from one room to the next I would make a conscious effort to notice any difference in the temperature or smell of the room. If I was bare foot I would notice the change to the feel of the floor on the bottom of my feet.
These may not sound like much of a meditation, but this small pause in thought opened up some space for me to reclaim my balance and reduce my stress or frustration.
Mindfulness is a great way to be compassionate and loving to yourself and your environment. Being more aware of your surroundings and not taking things for granted naturally created a sense of gratitude and acceptance of yourself and where you are in that moment. It is very grounding.
When embarking on this journey of wellness, I knew it would take time and practice, but I know understand the importance of persistence of practice and really making the effort to be innovative with practice.
What is your meditation story?