Monday, January 29, 2007

Finding 5 Minutes

Okay, I did it! I have been saying almost daily that I wanted to make a little time for morning meditation each day. Even if it was just 5 minutes. 5 minutes in my day should NOT be so hard to find! For one reason or another, so many days now, I haven't found it, but this morning I did.

It's those little things that would take so little time, and perhaps lead to great things, that so many of us don't seem to find the time for. I teach guitar lessons, so I know this is true with many beginning guitarists, or wanna-be-guitarists. I ask them to just practice 5-10 minutes a couple of times a day while they're building their callouses, but finding those 5-10 minutes proves difficult. The same goes for writing in a daily journal, meditating, stretching, and tons of seemingly easy and rewarding tasks.

And please (pu-lease!), for me to say I don't have 5 minutes is enough to cause me to say pu-lease in that very annoying way. I think that 5 minutes just sounds so simple that I think to myself, "There's a whole lotta 5 minutes in this day and I'm bound to find lots of oppotunities to do my thing", and then before I know it, it is time for my hour long bubble bath and I am exhausted and 5 minutes for anything besides the bath sounds outragous.

So maybe the second I think of the 5 minute thing, I should just do it RIGHT THEN. OR, I could set a time. "From 10:21-10:26 I WILL breathe" This morning, I was thinking that yes, today I was going to meditate. And then I thought "If not now, WHEN?!" (Very dramatically, just like that!) And about 10 minutes later, my goal was accomplished!

1 comment:

Rrramone said...

You realize that "if not now, when?" is a very famous quote from the talmud? :-)