How to Make Time for Meditation

How to Make Time for Meditation

Finding time to meditate in my busy schedule has always been somewhat of a challenge. I am a full-time student working two part-time jobs and volunteering. Saying I’m busy is somewhat of an understatement! For a long time, I felt I didn’t have time to meditate every morning and evening, and since the rest of my life was so rushed, I was sure that any attempt at meditation would a) make me late for everything else, and b) result in me sitting “in meditation”, but thinking about all the things I had to get done and wondering how on earth I was going to accomplish it all.

But when you live in New York City, your life turns very quickly into a big blurry ball of stress. In the beginning, I had to force myself to wake up that extra 15 minutes early (I’m not really a morning person). Later during the day, I was so thankful for those few moments of silence and peace that I often slipped into spontaneous meditation, while my peers all had meltdowns around me. I also started to practise footsoaking every evening, just for 5 or 10 minutes, to relax myself and clear all my thoughts before bed. I slept so serenely that I’d wake up totally refreshed.

In my 22 years of practising Sahaj Meditation, I had never been able to keep a steady meditation routine but suddenly I was doing it! It was working so well that I decided to experiment and take a day off from my meditations, just to see what the result would be.

Bad. Idea.

I’m pretty sure I had the worst day ever. The events have been successfully blocked from my memory, but I vaguely recall coming home and meditating for about an hour trying to calm down after the craziness of the day. Those few tiny moments in the morning and evening were what kept me sane, what held me firm and helped me deal with the stress every college student faces.

Even if my alarm doesn’t ring, and I barely make it out the door with both shoes on, I meditate on the bus, in the subway, and in class if I have to! Just centering myself by raising my attention to the top of my head is enough to hold me through the day.

So even though sometimes I would really rather not, when I do give myself those thoughtless moments in the morning, it is always worth it a thousand times over. So I just do it.

Sophia is a college student currently taking a gap year to travel and volunteer at boarding schools for children in Europe and the US. She will continue her studies in jewelry design in New York City next year. She has grown up practicing Sahaja Meditation but took a few years as a teenager to explore other options. Ultimately she discovered Sahaj was the path for her! Sophia has many loves including painting, traveling, and making new friends! She hopes to someday write and illustrate children's literature.

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  • axinia
    Dec 6, 2010
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    bravo, there is nothing like personal expericene, even if you KNOW soemthing is good, always better to realy try it out. And sahaj meditation is such an easy one…really created for lazy people 🙂



  • Krishnan
    Jan 22, 2011
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    I am new here and i would like to now about the Meditation at other country. Thanks.



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