The Importance of Meditation
I meditate every single day. Wait, let me rephrase that slightly. What I meant to say is, “I want to be the person that meditates every single day.” There, that’s more accurate. Unfortunately, while studies show that there are immense benefits of actually meditating regularly, there have been no studies done about people who wish they were the people who meditate regularly.
Here are some very good reasons to meditate every day:
- It clears your head. Do you ever have conversations in your head going a mile a minute that will not shut up? No, me neither, I mean, that’s weird. Ok, fine, I do. And meditation helps get rid of that.
- It sparks creativity. You know when you go on vacation and come back and start noticing new things that were always in front of your nose? That’s because you just spent a week chilling out! Meditation opens your mind to connect things that weren’t connecting when you’re stuck in email/phone/reaction mode.
- It makes you present. Slowing down your breathing and slowing down your mind brings you from the future back to the present. You open your eyes and appreciate the tree in front of you instead of thinking of the deadline you have at work the next day. Being present is essential to gratitude, attitude, and overall happiness.
Why I Don’t Meditate Regularly
I want to emphasize here that I AM advocating to meditate regularly - that would be ideal. In fact, I highly recommend an app like Headspace for easily setting up a regular meditation practice. I’m just explaining here why I fail at this attempt time and time again.
It’s only ten minutes. So it’s hard to make an excuse that there’s not enough time. But strangely, ten minutes feels like a lot of time when you’ve just dropped your kid at daycare and run into your office to start your day with a voice inside your head screaming, “Chhhhaaaaaaarrrrrgeeee!!!!”. There are those voices again. Might want to get those checked out.
So it’s not just the time, it’s also being able to slow down when you’re ready to GO GO GO, which is what I’m sure many of us experience during the busy workday. I don’t want to slow down. I want to move through that pile of shit on my desk that I have to do, and I want to move as fast as humanly possible so I can get done and move onto more enjoyable things like…
Happy hour. The only time I’m really ready to slow down during the workday is the exact same time that I want to pop the cork on my Pinot. Not exactly a good idea for my chi to get in the way of my wee. Wait, that sounded weird.
Even when I do try meditating regularly during the week, I get so distracted that when the time is up, I realize I’ve just been making a to-do list in my head for the past 10 minutes.
So there you have it. I don’t meditate regularly because I can’t chill out enough to do so, and I can’t chill out enough because I don’t meditate. What is a girl to do?
The Solution to Meditation for Busy People
So maybe you’re manic, Type A, and trying to maximize your time-to-productivity output like me. By the way here is the definition of “Type A” that I got when I looked it up in Google just now:
Do they think that’s helpful? Sheesh. Ok, so clearly it would benefit us to chill out a bit. And this is where I’d like to introduce to you my newest creation…
Meditative Push Ups
Meditative push ups are the perfect solution to those who struggle with meditation but who probably need it most.
The video above explains how to do the meditative push up. Here is a step-by-step breakdown:
- Position yourself in a perfect plank on your hands - butt down, core tight. If you’re doing these on your knees, your body should form a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Hands should be directly under your shoulders.
- Lower your chest to the ground. Keep your elbows in. Your quads and stomach should not touch the ground - only your chest. (This is the same if you’re doing it on your knees!) As you lower, take a deep inhale through your nose and hold it for one second once your chest touches the ground.
- Push up from the bottom of the push up back to the plank position. As you do, exhale deeply through your mouth. Blow all the air out of your lungs and your stomach. Hold for one second at the top of the push up.
- Repeat the steps above 5-10 times. Form for the push-up is essential here.
So now you know how to do a meditative push up. But will you? Well, you’ll certainly be glad if you do. Here’s why meditative push ups work:
- Timing the count and breath with the lowering and raising of the push up forces you to concentrate on your breath and breathe deeply without losing focus.
- Maintaining the correct form to do the push up properly requires you to be present.
- The athleticism of the push up circulates your blood flow and releases endorphins, which clears your mind and makes you happy.
- They take less than one minute to do and can be done anywhere. Therefore you will actually do them.
That’s it. Side effects might include more peaceful workdays and sexy triceps.
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