For years, I’ve heard of mediation as the answer for pretty much everything. Have a headache? Deal with anxiety (I do!)? Stressed at work? Can’t sleep? Meditate! I’ve played around with meditation sessions and even classes, but I could never get into scheduling 30 minutes of my day to sit in silence. My brain would always start moving towards my to-do list or what I wanted to eat next. I eventually gave up, thinking mediation wasn’t for me; I’d have to find another way to deal with my lingering anxiety.
Then, as meditation became even more popular, I started hearing that you in fact didn’t need to sit indian style for 30-60 minutes with a completely shutoff brain. Meditation could basically be anything or anywhere you needed it to be—just as long as you were present. Once I learned that meditation was flexible and open to personalization, I started finding simple ways to incorporate it into my busy life. Here are some of those ways: