One of the reasons I want to write a series of blogs that focus on how you can find “meditation moments” in your every day is because I think so many of us miss out on the benefits of meditation because we think it has to be a formal, lengthy, or a complicated practice. While there is of course huge benefit from creating a ritualized and consistent meditation practice, we can’t all accomplish that due to life circumstances or where we are at emotionally with ourselves. So, if we can find some small ways in our daily lives to be meditative why not do that and call it our practice? I’m not judging if you not!
My hope is that this way of thinking has you considering the power of taking even 1-minute of your day to be more present, more in the moment, more about something joyful or energizing, or tap into anything that lights a smile inside of your heart, mind, and body. Come on – feel the love!
READING MEDITATION MOMENT
What I love about writing about reading is the fact that in my mind I can hear at least ten of my good friends laugh out loud at the idea that they find time to read in their days (these are my same friends who are really going to benefit from these “everyday meditation moments” – so listen up girls and hang with me, I don’t steer you wrong often!).
While I could expound on the virtues of reading, I think that most of us know what reading can do for us, so I won’t delve into that much. What I do want to expand on is the sense of lack many of us have around reading – a lack of time, a lack of focus, a lack of energy. Self-learning has become one of the items on a “should” list from many of us right next to lose five pounds, see the dentist, and clean out our closest. This lack mentality just kills all the fun and frankly the ability to actually start a habit or project on the “should” list. These items become the vampire in our lives – sucking all of the life and joy out of what could be a fun or rewarding project or habit if we took them from a “should” list and moved them to a “want” list. So, the change that needs to happen when starting on this “everyday meditation moment” is to take reading and learning from your “should” list and move it to a “want” list. And you can do this in many ways, so pick one that you like or create your own way to make the shift:
- Write an affirmation making it a “want” – for example, “I am easily finding 10-minutes a day to enjoy hearing or reading new ideas!”
- Pause when you notice yourself in a “should” around this daily moment – and say out loud or in your head…” NO. This isn’t a ‘should’ this is a ‘want’ – and I can make it work out easily.”
- Set a reasonable expectation with yourself. You don’t need to finish a book or read it cover to cover – you can read quotes on the internet and that counts or randomly open pages in a book and read a few paragraphs.
GREAT! You’ve done the head work to move the “should” of reading and learning to a “want” in your mind…now let’s talk about making this reading a daily learning and growing time for you.
Here is what I want you to try for a week (or 30-days if you really want to try on this “everyday meditation moment” as a habit):
- Put a 10-minute reoccurring time block into your day on your calendar (yes, a real block of time that you treat like an appointment). It can be the same time of day or you can play around with what works for your schedule. You will read and reflect in this time.
- Find an inspiring or self-healing focused non-fiction magazine, book (read or listen to on audio), podcast, or blog. (A list of a few resources is below.)
- Read or listen to a section of the resource you selected for 5-9 minutes.
- Take 1-5 minutes to think about one idea or quote or word that you read or heard in your reading time; you can do this anywhere – in your car, sitting (or walking) with a cup coffee, at your desk, before bed.
- Write down one sentence about something you learned or a perspective that opened up to you or changed a current idea you had based on what you read and reflected on (Oprah calls these “Aha! Moments.”)
From this simple everyday moment I have seen the following happen in myself over the last year:
- I am open to new ideas and ways of thinking.
- I have gotten to listen to people I didn’t even know existed in the world.
- I am inspired and more hopeful, because I understand now that there is a robust dialogue happening about ways to improve yourself and the greater world.
- I feel more connected and giving because I share with I read with others or apply what I learn.
- I am reading more than ever because I am finding ways to put reading (or listening to ideas) into my days.
RESOURCES…here are some resources to get you started. I get my leads on what to check out from friends, clients, and recommendations from Audible.com and Amazon.com based on my past purchases (believe it or not, sometimes the shopper tracking they do leads to some great finds!):
- iTunes podcast app – Oprah “Super Soul Conversations”, Gabrielle Bernstein “Adding More –ING to Your Life”, The One You Feed Podcast, Dan Harris “10% Happier”
- The Neurosculpting® Institute – library of classes, podcasts, 1,000 of free articles on mindfulness, the brain, and more (I often enjoy blogs by Travis Rumsey, Lisa Wimberger, and Tamme Buckner)
- Oprah – magazine, podcast (see above), and TV show “Super Soul Sunday”
- Mindfulness Magazine
- Ted-Ex Talks
- Yoga Magazine
- New York Times Best Seller List, here are some folks I get referred to often:
- Brene Brown – books on vulnerability and more
- Jack Canfield – books on success, laws of attraction, and more
- Iyanla Vanzant – self-growth books and a reality TV show
- Gabrielle Bernstein – self-growth books, spirituality focused books, and podcast (see above)
- Jen Sincero – “You Are a Badass…” series of books
- Amy Ahlers & Christine Aryly – book on self-esteem
My name is Susan, and I am a Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator and the Director of Corporate Programs for the Neurosculpting® Institute. I am also a wife, mom, friend to many, a skier, a boxer and according to my dog – a pretty good dog mom!
I believe it is important for potential clients to understand how I came to Neurosculpting®, as it often connects me to you.