A Hustler’s Approach To Meditating

A Hustler’s Approach To Meditating

Sitting down for 10-15 minutes every morning and evening to meditate may not be your cup of tea. Many of us are hustling to maintaining the duties of school or work, handling the responsibilities of our home and kids, and find ourselves not finding time to meditate. Most will analyze the process of sitting down and doing nothing as counterproductive. Indeed, the traditional method of meditating is sitting down, closing the eyes, and focusing on breathing. Meditation is not time to let your mind think about your duties you have swirling around. One sits and focuses on the breaths coming in and out.

What is meditating essentially? — It’s the focusing of the mind. Have a focal point, like your breathing, and when your mind wanders, you bring it back. This way, you grow your attention and mindfulness. When you pay attention to your focal point, you learn to return to and remain the present moment.

Benefits: lower stress level, improve your focus, connect with yourself.

A hustler may find him or herself meditating using some non-traditional ways. Ultimately, you must direct your mind away from your responsibilities.

On the run — observe the scenery, the one you pass by every day. Look at it with fresh eyes this time. See if you notice something new. You will gain a greater appreciation for the world around you.

While cleaning up the house or reorganizing — let your soul be at peace. Don’t allow your mind to think about work or plans. Notice the dirt specks and how you wipe or vacuum them up. Notice the mirror blemishes, and take your time to clean them off. Notice the pile on your nightstand and straighten it out.

While cooking — pay attention to your senses when you taste, smell, feel, and look at the food. Listen to the simmering chicken on the frying pan or the boiling pasta.

Notice how your mind gets caught up in other tasks. Your mind may wander so quickly without you even consciously asking it to do so. We practice mindfulness so we can learn to choose where we emphasize our focus. If you notice you get distracted during this exercise, you are letting your thoughts govern you every day. You think about your past and your future, but do you think about the present?