Taking 10 minutes for yourself.
Are you struggling to find 10 mins for yourself? You’re juggling work, home, family, life in general and nowhere on your “to do” list does it say “10 minutes for me.”
How hard can it be to take a break and enjoy a cup of tea or sit, just sit for a few minutes to gather your thoughts?
It’s very hard.
Women always have a lot to do, we are champion multi taskers and the mind becomes conditioned to looking for the next thing to do, especially those things that will “only take a minute.”
This feeds the thinking that just sitting for 10 minutes means they have nothing to do or implies laziness and we are subconsciously training our mind to look for the next thing.
Resting the body and mind in formal or informal meditation for 10 minutes every day is an easy way to take 10 minutes for yourself.
If 10 minutes is too hard to find then start with 5, everyone can find 5 minutes. Most people then find 5 minutes isn’t enough, so they extend to 10 minutes. If you make the allotted time nonnegotiable and practice several times a week then that is very doable.
“Tea is an act complete in its simplicity. When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea.” - Thich Nhat Hahn
Having a dedicated space a specific chair to meditate in helps to create a routine. Getting out of the house and away from distractions works well. I like to sit in the garden, some people go to work early and meditate before everyone else arrives, some people hide behind their sunnies and meditate on the bus.
Others will use their morning coffee, morning walk or commute time for informal practice, being present, noticing their surroundings, noticing when their mind is wandering and bringing it back again and again. It makes for a great start to your day.
How do you take 10 minutes for yourself or why is it so hard for you to find that time?
I work with women, teaching them how to disconnect from the stress and anxiety that is running their life so that they can stop living life on the edge and feel fabulous instead.
Classes and courses are on my website. https://www.katehubert.com.au/
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