I noticed the other day that the word “meditation” starts with the word “me”. Not to be all there is no I in team but there is a me about it, but I couldn’t help but notice how meditation time really is me time.
The idea of me time has become more and more accepted in recent times. Our culture, or at least some people in it, used to be all judgy of those who took care of themselves. I mean, how dare she take time away from her children to go to the gym?
I think as we evolve a bit, more and more people are finding that self-care is not only not selfish, but more like essential to survival. Inherent in taking care of ourselves is taking a little bit of me time. More if we can manage.
Even if you meditate with someone else or a group, the idea of meditation is to let go of the outside world and find your inner zen. Or something like that.
I typically meditate by myself, in total silence. It is the most peaceful part of the day, and with a long time practice has brought the stress and chaos level down a notch or two throughout the rest of the day.
I think of meditation as being an essential part of my overall personal health plan. In many ways it is also quite a treat, not just something I have to get through but don’t really enjoy like a strenuous workout or a boring salad.
Me Time Anytime
Me time is just a close of the eyes & deep breath away. You don’t have to pay a ton of money to a spa to achieve the peace and tranquility that they offer. You don’t have to invest in a yoga mat or a special meditation cushion. You don’t even have to call it meditation if that makes it sound like work or unattainable.
Meditation can be as simple as closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths. Go ahead, give it a try. There, doesn’t that feel better? Now imagine doing that for longer. A full minute, then five, then 20.
But then the problem becomes the struggle between spending time with other people or on other things versus taking care of ourselves. I still struggle with this, as much as I feel committed to my meditation practice.
The best way I have found around the self-care guilt is getting up earlier than anyone else and making the first hour of the day about me. This is where my meditation time usually lives. I get into the guilt if it’s later in the day and I feel like I’m taking the 20 minutes away from someone or something else.
But then I have to remind myself that by taking time for myself, I will be able to give more to others later. I will be able to be more calm, patient, understanding, and peaceful for other people if I take a little bit of me time each day.
What do you do to get in a shot of me time each day? Please share your thoughts!