Ever since I began meditating I’ve felt so grounded and connected to myself, my intuition, and even to the universe.
Consistently meditating can be daunting for many, and they don’t call it meditation “practice” for nothing. For upwards of ten years now, my relationship with meditation has ebbed and flowed. Sometimes it’s easy and addicting to add 10-20 minutes to my daily routines, yet sometimes my practice seems as far away as Timbuktu. The most important thing is to have compassion for yourself, and allow those ebbs and flows. Remember you can always start again, even if it’s for one minute a day!
Sometimes having inspiration in the form of a meditation book, a cozy meditation altar, or a great yoga teacher makes all the difference in commitment to your practice. Here’s more with my fave, Catherine Matuza on the subject:
I know you are a daily meditator, how do you balance your meditation practice into you schedule as a mom?
CM: Over the years, I have learned to be kinder to myself. Obviously it would be fantastic to sit for at least 30 minutes every day first thing in the morning, in a beautiful zen setting. It doesn’t always work that way. I have learned to be flexible. Most times my sitting happens in the evening because mornings are just a super hectic time. Sometimes my meditation has even happened waiting in the car before school pick up. If a day goes by that I don’t get it in, I don’t beat myself up, I just start again. With that being said, I also have placed my meditation practice as a priority. I have decided that this practice is important to me, and so I continue to find a way to make the time and make it work. I don’t think of it as something that is optional. I feel that when you truly place importance on something, you find a way to make it a priority.
What does your daily routine look like?
CM: My daily routine is vastly different depending on the day. Some days I teach a class in the morning, some days at night…some days I work with private clients…some days I live as as mom and homemaker extraordinaire! Most mornings are spent making breakfast, currently celery juice and oatmeal for me, and getting my son off to school. Most days during school hours, I am either, teaching, cleaning, walking the dog, class prepping or practicing myself. During the hours after school, it’s hanging out and playing with my son, cooking dinner and probably running off to a soccer practice. After my kid gets to bed, if my meditation and asana practice haven’t happened at some point earlier, then I take the time to do it. I don’t love leaving it to the end of the day, but sometimes that is the only time that I can practice and not feel rushed. The important thing for me is not when it happens, but that I DO IT.
What meditation technique can you recommend for those newly adding a meditation practice to their lives?
CM: My fave “go-to” meditation technique is to simply watch the breath as it is. Observe the inhale, observe the exhale. We are all breathing, all the time, whether we bring our attention to it or not. With newer practitioners I like to recommend counting the breath to give the mind a bit more of a job. One inhale and exhale count as 1…count up to 10 and start again at 1. Do as many rounds as you like. If you find that you lose track of the count…no worries, just start again. It is fantastic as a beginner technique, however even seasoned meditators will find this practice to be rich and worthwhile.