Finding time to meditate, even with kids

December 14, 2021

Finding time to meditate, even with kids

When I first started meditating I struggled with finding the time to fit my practice in. I compared myself to other mothers and parents a lot. Maybe the mothers who meditated regularly had more resources than I did, or a different temperament or maybe their kids required less than mine or maybe their kids were older, blah blah blah. The truth was that I actually did have the time but sometimes it felt easier to watch tv, or look at my phone than to close my eyes to meditate. 

 

Here are some tips I have learned along the way while figuring out how to sustain a regular meditation practice. 

  1. Meditate while your kids are engaged and occupied with a safe activity. Depending on the day and my kids moods I either set a timer for quiet reading time or turn a tv show on for them to watch. 
  2. If you're a morning person, set your alarm for 30 mins before your kids wake. This allows for some undisturbed, guilt free meditation time before they wake up.
  3. If you are not an early riser, that’s ok. Do your routine, drop the kids off at school THEN have your first activity be a meditation.  This also works if you commute on public transport.
  4. If the kids are at home with you all day, then see tip #1. The main thing is that you have a meditation in at some point in the morning.
  5. Let go of having completely quiet and uninterrupted meditations. It might feel more gratifying to be undisturbed but this ideal isn’t always possible with little ones. A broken meditation is better than no meditation.
  6. There is a natural break in your day when things pause for a little bit. This is the perfect time to fit in a meditation. If you haven’t noticed this break before, try to look for one this week and see if you find one.
  7. Remember that it’s OK to skip a meditation or two. Meditation is not about perfection, it’s more about acceptance. 

 

Hope this helps!



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