This weekend we had our Blossom Half Christmas, it was actually closer to three quarters. The idea started a few years ago when we lost Granny. As a family we are spread all around the country and in an effort to make sure we see each other more regularly we started a new tradition. A few years on it is still going strong and it is a great way to see each other in the warmer months.
As we have all had children the event has become more fun but also bigger and more hectic!
Whilst we were there I was talking to my lovely cousin Liz about mindfulness. Last time I saw her I had raved about it to her and she had been having a go. She told me that fitting it in was her problem, she too has two children. Liz asked me how I was going to fit it in on Saturday. I had spent the night in a shared house and in a shared bedroom. Lots of us were there so it wasn’t easy to find a quiet spot.
I did manage to fit my meditation in. There was a lull in the afternoon between lunch and getting ready for the barbecue that was in the late afternoon. When the children were busy playing and the grown ups were chatting I went to our room and did a 15 minute meditation.
I sat cross legged on the bed with my back straight against the wall and focused on my breathing for 15 minutes. It was a really refreshing break. I felt completely energised afterwards and was so pleased that I had found time. When I went back to see everyone I was more interested, I listened more, I enjoyed myself to the full. No one had missed me in the 15 minutes I had disappeared.
Holidays and weekends are often the toughest time to fit in a meditation. It seems odd that on the days we don’t have to go to work we don’t manage it. The problem is that we are out of our routine. On days when we have to go to work then we can structure our day and build time in. If we can manage to do this on weekends and on holiday then we enjoy our days even more. If you struggle, however, because you just can’t find a quiet spot then be flexible.
You could take yourself outside if you can find a warm and comfortable spot. You can wait till later and slip off like I did. You can simply sit and be mindful when you get a quiet moment. There are all sorts of ways to work it into your day.
Definitely don’t beat yourself up if you are struggling to do it, you will probably just stress yourself out even more! Just thinking about doing your meditation will hopefully keep you mindful. Looking out for a gap to take yourself off will keep you in the moment. If you feel bad about slipping off then remember…giving a small amount of time to yourself to relax and refocus will mean that you are a nicer person to be around.
Come on a Revitalise Day to see how you could become more mindful. Every moment is a new chance to get started.