Meditation In The Zones
In my previous post, I spoke briefly about how valuable your time is and to make sure you are using it to it’s fullest.
Right now my day is such that I spend at least 2 hours of each day commuting to and from the office.
I do my best to make sure that I use that time as wisely as possible. For instance, when on the tube, and travelling through the various zones, I use that time to get into the zone and do some powerful meditation.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re standing, sitting, crushed in like cattle or you face is shoved into someone’s armpit, 😆 you can still use those precious few minutes to do some meditation. (Perhaps, in the case of the latter, no deep breathing meditation!) 😛
The wonderful thing is that meditation needs no special resources and it can literally be done anywhere at anytime. But if you need them, there are apps like chillax that you can use on your phone that will make it an even better experience.
Even just a few minutes of meditation will make a huge difference to your day.
What to meditate on?
Use that time to calm your mind and focus on what is really important to you. Perhaps bring to the forefront of your mind your true purpose and what really matters to you. Remind yourself of what’s important and why’re doing what you are doing. Remember your mission.
Use that time to switch off from gadgets, unnecessary input and influx, and use the time to be just for you.
If mantra’s are your thing then use the time to mentally recite those mantra’s that help you enhance your focus.
Perhaps creative visualisation is your thing and you want to practice the are of attracting and manifesting.
Whatever your cup of tea, the commute is the perfect time to do it.
Do you need to be a Zen Master?
People often complain how little time they get to themselves these days. Well, wouldn’t you say that two hours of time for reflection and introspection is enough?
You don’t have to be a Zen Master to know how to meditate. You also do not need expensive courses and you don’t need teachers to show you what is basically a skill inherent in every human being on the planet.
Meditation is just the art of directing ones thoughts, consciousness and awareness. That’s it! It is that simple and everyone has the power and ability to do it.
Where to start?
All it takes to begin with is a small amount of discipline to begin with and the ability to decide that you are going to do this, even if only for 5 minutes a day.
Whether you’re waiting for a train, or you get onto it, just quiet your mind to begin with and then start doing whichever flavour of meditation you prefer.
Relax, don’t worry about time, or who’s just sent you that text message. Just allow your mind to totally become free of outside distractions, and then relax and gently direct your thoughts and consciousness to the things that you would like to focus on.
Meditation is the most natural and simple skill to learn and adopt and like anything else, it just requires a little bit of practise.
Finding the time.
As I mentioned earlier, the wonderful thing is that it can be done anywhere, and at any time. Even if you do not commute, find a space or activity during your day that it can be incorporated in to. During a daily walk, sitting at your desk or even…on the loo!
Don’t allow those precious moments of time just ‘pass’ by. Even those moments can become epic if you allow them to be.
Good reading on a Tuesday evening.
2 hours of commuting can be quite a journey. However, if you choose to spend it wisely as you do it can actually end up as 2 of the most important hours of your day. Most people would rush into the train, pull out their laptop and start working. I agree with you that you can gain something by meditating for the first 10 or 15 minutes and then get to work.
Allowing 10 or 15 minutes to relax and focus is the best investment you can make. I usually go for a run in the morning and then meditate for 5-10 minutes with a burning candle. This is my way of finding peace. Commuting to work is yours. What we both have in common is that we make the time to reflect and relax, which is beneficial for our mood, day and happiness.
Thank you Anders and a beautiful sentiment. I love running too, I don’t run as much as I used to but I always found running the perfect time to reflect and use the time to manifest.
A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.
Thanks for the quote Jeff. 🙂
The truth is I never used to meditate. I think it wasn’t the cool thing to do or was I just being lazy?! But nowadays I centre myself whenever I get a moment. Always in the morning and just before bed. It really helps in keeping me calm and focussed. And you’re right, I didn’t need a teacher or a class, all I needed was to focus on my breathing and slow it down so that each inhalation was full and deep, almost like yawning but on a conscious level. Simple and effective! Great post bro! : )
I love simple breathing during meditation and it’s the simplest way to start for people who are not sure what to meditate on. Focussed breathing is so relaxing and healing,
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
“Meditation is just the art of directing ones thoughts, consciousness and awareness.” I loved that.
I think that when we are focused on the matter at hand, with a devotion like attitude then we are essentially in meditation. It matters less what we are doing. It matters more how we are doing it. I think that opportunities for meditation exist all around us in everything we do.
” I think that opportunities for meditation exist all around us in everything we do.” – and how true is that! Thank you for your beautiful comment which are always welcome here! 🙂
All the best,
Hi Amit, that’s really interesting and inspiring and I never thought about spending my time in meditation while using public transport. Usually, I read a lot while being on the train, but I think I will definitely use your tip on meditation and split my time between meditation and reading.
Hi Robert, thank you so much for your comment and so sorry for my delayed reply.
I’m so glad this suggestion has been so useful to you…well since it’s been a few days since you wrote, have you tried and if so, what’s been your experience?