Yep, that's what popped into my mind midway through meditating today - to be specific, the moment that I heard Pinky puking on the rug (ALWAYS the rug. Why not the tiles, Pinks?!). Okay, so it's not meditating itself that stresses me out. It's not even the puke (alright, it's partly the puke). It's mostly the prospect of meditating: finding the time in the day, prioritising it above the other boring-but-necessary things I have to do, making sure Maisy is settled on my lap so she doesn't start whining halfway through (seriously), making sure Pinky has peed so she won't woof at the door. As I'm writing this I realise how completely ridiculous I am - it's only 15 minutes! And they're dogs, FFS! - but adding one more thing to my daily to-do list has that effect on me. So what do I do? Skip a day! Skip two! Meditation habit? Pffffft.
I've been meditating for about a month now using the guided meditation app, Headspace, which I really like. But I'm struggling to make it part of my daily routine. Never mind the fact that my mind rarely shuts the hell up.
This week, I think I'm going to try getting up an hour earlier to meditate and write a little. As for the incessant inner chatter? I love this (animated) metaphor from Headspace: Your mind is like a clear blue sky and your thoughts are the clouds; sometimes fluffy, sometimes menacing. But as anyone who's flown in an aeroplane knows, the sky is still blue above the clouds. What we're looking for is already here.
Do you meditate? How do you slot it into your day? And how the hell do you keep distractions at bay?
(Photo: Pudge the Cat)