Q. What is the best way to clear busy thoughts before meditating?
Probably one of the most traditional ways to clear busy thoughts from your mind is to keep a tablet and pen in your meditation space. If you recognize your mind is going to be racing while trying to meditate, take a few minutes before your session.
Jot down the things that are on your mind before you sit for meditation. Cover everything that might be bothering you, everything that you are planning, all the exciting things that are happening and all of the sad things or upsetting situations that may try to rob you of your energy.
By taking time to honor your thoughts, they are able to leave you alone for a few minutes. Actually, what you are doing is 'taking charge' of your mind. After all, you are in charge of your thoughts.
Another way to clear your thoughts before your quiet time is to take a walk outside: Just two or three minutes, looking around your yard or neighborhood. By changing the scenery and getting some fresh air in your lungs (and brain) you can focus on your meditation instead of all those other things that occupy your mind.
Q. How do I find time to meditate as a single parent with a baby which equals a very busy life?
This is a very common question when I am lecturing on Beginning Meditation. And it can be a very difficult thing to do when you have a new family.
The best case scenario would be to be meditating before the baby is born. That way, baby is already familiar with the quiet time and will adapt after being born to your meditation time. Choose to practice at the same time as you did before the birth.
But more cases occur that the mother (or father) want to start a new practice after children are already in the family. This is perfect timing to introduce your children to meditation too. Believe me, they will move into meditation much faster than you might think!
And when children and parents share this time together, it creates a bond that will never be broken. The doors of communication will remain open as they grow.
Still, many people want to have this special time to themselves. And many times, other members of the family may not share the enthusiasum with meditation. So, for those folks we still have the problem of needing quiet time, even if there are children present. The best thing for these situations is to start with moving meditations. Let your vacuum cleaner take you to your focused meditation. For a few minutes, the dull, repetition of running the vacuum can give a restful peace. Or try a stationary bicycle ride. Even walking with baby in tow (or in the carriage) can be the best.
Check out the article I wrote on 'Mommy Meditations'
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