Like running a half marathon, this goal is seemingly straightforward. I’ve wanted to meditate for a long time. It’s just a matter of making the time for it. I know I should start small, do it for 10 minutes when I first wake up, that kind of thing. But my mornings are quite full. This is not an excuse. I already wake up early, around 5:00 or 5:30. I change into workout clothes right away. I take our three dogs downstairs. I clean up whatever mess our sweet old incontinent Chihuahua has left for us. I finish cleaning the mess from last night’s dinner. I make coffee. I drink the coffee, catch up on emails, pay bills, do research, write here. I make breakfast and lunch. I go to the gym or run or squeeze in a quick workout downstairs. I medicate, feed, and walk the three dogs. Then I still have to shower, get ready, and drive to the office by 9:00.
So I don’t think it’s an excuse to say my mornings are full. It’s important to have the time in front of my computer with my coffee, because poop. Daily poops are super important to my well-being 🙂
I will need to meditate in the evenings. As productive as I am in the mornings, I am pretty much the opposite after work. This must go back to my restaurant days, when I finished work so late that there was nothing to do but have drinks with everyone. All productivity happened before work.
When I don’t have drinks, I am more productive, but mostly I find myself going to bed early. Right before bed would probably be the best time to test out meditation. A friend has found success using the Headspace app, so I’m going to give that a try. I’m installing it right now, and have added an appointment to my calendar for 9:00 tonight. We’ll see how it goes!