When we sit to meditate setting a timer is a really good idea. It gives us a fixed period and cuts out lots of doubt about whether we have done long enough. I tend to use the timer on my phone. When you first start out try setting it for 5 minutes. If you are not used to sitting still in peace and quiet then 5 minutes can feel like a long time!
Although setting the timer will help, you may still find yourself wondering how long is left. When you start to build up the amount time you sit for you might find yourself waiting for the timer to go off. This is really common so don’t think that you are doing anything wrong.
Noticing the feeling that you are waiting is really important, in life and in meditation. How often you find yourself wishing time away? Once I have finished work then I can enjoy myself. Once I have got my chores done then I can enjoy myself. Or, I can’t wait to have some ‘me time’? Sound familiar?
If so then mindfulness is just what you need, in your life and in your meditation!
Rather than waiting for the timer to go off during your meditation, enjoy the peace and stillness, enjoy the moment. Recognise any sense of waiting as a thought. Know that thoughts pass and return your attention to your breath which really is present in that moment. Rather than planning some ‘me time’ at some point in the future simply bring yourself right back to the here and now immediately. There really is no need to wait.
Where ever you are and what ever you are doing it can be done mindfully. So don’t hold back on enjoying every single moment. From this moment forward make it your commitment to be present. Everything you do, including work and including chores will be so much more enjoyable if you are present in the moment rather than wishing your time away. Life is too short, make the most of it with mindfulness.
Come on a Revitalise Day to get motivated to be mindful every day. You will leave filled with inspiration that will help you to value every moment of every day.