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The Power of Silence: 3-Minute Meditations

My head is a busy, loud place. Know that feeling? Self-criticism. To-do lists. Frustration. Plans. Hopes. The positive tangles with the negative.

No matter how many time outs I give myself the volume level still gets deafening.

I’m building a habit of practicing silence. Duct tape the voices inside my head. At least the ones pitching temper tantrums. Restore balance. Harmony. Intentional and joyful action flows from a tranquil mind.

I’ve always been challenged by meditation. I’m supposed to just sit there? I can’t sit still to save my life. And while I’m sitting there getting in touch with my inner Yogi (and I’m not talking about the bear) someone will come along and sprinkle me with fairy dust and I’ll jump back into life with birds and sunshine on my shoulders? Puh-leeeese.

Ummmmm …. I shouldn’t speak before I really really put some effort into it. Which I did when I got tired of the chaos in my head.

We’re only human. We don’t always stay on the path of light and sparkly thinking. We do have the power to channel energy in a better direction.

I’ve been using a meditation you can find on our very own Mama And Baby Love. The trick, for my ants in the pants self, was to find a meditation where I didn’t have to be perfectly still.

Meditation calls you home – back to yourself. meditation is nodding a hello at distraction, sending it on its way, then settling back into yourself. Centered. Rested. It creates a quiet and peaceful space. Life may get noisy but it much easier to navigate the joyful, and sometimes stressful, chaos when your mind is calm.

For me, mornings are best. I get up 5 minutes earlier. Roll my yoga mat out beside my bed and move through the meditation. It’s an Irish Spring shower for my brain.

I hold this image in my mind. I’m not striving for perfection but only to carry grace and good things through my cluttered and “lived in” life.

Give yourself the gift of silence. Those minutes for quiet are not hard to find – says one busy Mama to another. They’re the ones you use to stall on starting laundry. The ones where you stand at the counter sorting through a pile of papers. Or wash the last few dishes at the end of the day.

Grab that time. Sit quietly. It’s OK, All that other stuff will still be there. (I’ve yet to have my laundry rush off to do its ownself or had a pile of papers bite me because I asked them to wait patiently for a few minutes).

I grab those moments and slip into that quiet space. When I’m done, my heart has a bit more room for all that’s waiting once my eye’s open.

Do you have a daily meditation practice? Are you a reformed skeptic like me?

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  • Stephanie
    February 15, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    So glad you like that meditation! Another one of my favorite meditations is to do the Breath Awareness (there’s a post here, but the basic jist is to simply pay attention to your breath) but while WALKING. The same meditation sitting down is SO much easier to do when you are walking. 🙂

  • Lisa Waszkiewicz / Franny Bolsa
    February 15, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    I’m restless by nature – physically and mentally. I’ve been amazed, and relieved, what a little bit of focused quiet can do. My energy and productivity are so much better. Best of all I’m sleeping better too. That is huge for me.

  • Courtney
    February 15, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Loved the idea of keeping a yoga mat by the side of your bed! I may have to try that as a little “reminder” to meditate. I also like meditating most in the morning. I feel that it sets a good tone for the rest of the day.

  • Lisa Waszkiewicz / Franny Bolsa
    February 16, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    It is a great reminder! It’s also a way to b build a habit. Wake up. See mat. Get on mat.

  • Angela
    February 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    I really really miss having the time to go to yoga, but the end of class, those 10-15 minutes of “savasana” or meditation at the end of class were difficult at first but I came to really look forward to that and I really enjoyed it a lot. I’ve tried doing it on my own but just can’t seem to find that same peaceful feeling… Maybe I need to try a guided meditation.

  • Lisa Waszkiewicz / Franny Bolsa
    February 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Try the meditation that’s linked in the post. I can totally relate. Something about the simplicity of the guided meditation worked for me. For me, learning to clear out my head was the big barrier to getting that “peaceful easy feeling”.

  • Heather
    February 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Oh my, I could have written this! I am glad I am not the only Mama who can admit to not being able to settle her mind at all. I have been trying desperately either first thing in the morning or right before bed to clear my mind and think and pray and settle!!!! Some days yes and some days NO!

    • Lisa Waszkiewicz / Franny Bolsa
      February 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      You are not alone Heather! Meditation, most days, works like duct tape for my hyper brain. I’m like you, I tried so hard to calm my brain down – I had a 50/50 chance. Meditation has been huge for me. Some days, the chatter won’t go away completely. I do get a few minutes of calm and clarity though. Just enough that I can dive into what needs doing. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes.