Why I make time to meditate and how you can too..

Susie Pearl | The busier life becomes, the more crucial positive daily routines become. Read my tips on how to get started with meditation

Making meditation a daily habit

There’s an ancient Zen proverb that says, “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour”.  

How relevant this wisdom is for this busy modern age where many people feel that they don’t have time for the very things that would benefit them the most.   

It’s funny to think that hundreds or even thousands of years ago, humans were saying ‘I’m too busy to meditate’ or ‘I haven’t got time’. It’s a good reminder the busier we get, the more we need positive daily routines, not less.  These are the foundations that support us when life gets challenging, they give us the extra energy and clarity we need to flourish.  Somehow, when I meditate, life just flows more easily, no matter how busy I am. And synchronicities begin to speed up too because we are aligned to a higher force.

Making time to meditate is something that I don’t question anymore.  It’s become a daily habit like brushing my teeth. When I look back I realise that finding meditation saved my life when I was at my deepest darkest and most difficult times.   Learning to meditate is the single most important thing I’ve ever done for myself. So why would we stop giving this life-changing, simple practice the priority it deserves, every day?  Daily habits are powerful and important to keep a track off.

Susie's new book: The Art of Creativity

7 Powerful Habits to Unlock Your Full Potential is available for pre-order now

Find out more

How I discovered TM Meditation

I found meditation twenty years ago during one of the most challenging periods of my life.  I was experiencing grief, stress and trauma – it felt like everything had come tumbling down and I was questioning life as I knew it.  I had just split from a long term partner and my mum was dying – i found life incredibly difficult. This ‘breaking point’ was actually a shadow before the sunrise, and the start of a great awakening in my life when I found my spiritual connection to the bigger picture of life.

I have a good friend whose positive attitude I really admire. She’s been through a tough battle with cancer and had her leg amputated as a teenager which gave her intense mobility issues, yet she always seemed so upbeat about life.  She came to visit me one day and left a card on my kitchen table about a local TM meditation course. She had left it for me without telling me – a subtle invitation to change my life that I will be forever grateful for.

I went ahead and did the course and it was like fireworks going off in my brain. I’d found my saving grace. Slowly but surely my life started to turn in a different direction and I felt more calm, centred and able to cope for the first time in a long time.  I seemed to get ‘luckier’.

The David Lynch Foundation

I became passionate about the practice of meditation since that first introduction. I’ve been involved with the David Lynch foundation for many years, a fantastic organisation set up to promote TM meditation across the world.  The foundation does a lot of work with children, women, soldiers and at-risk groups teaching meditation.

Their website is a great resource containing a wealth of scientific evidence about the effects of meditation.  https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org.uk/

David Lynch | Speaking for the David Lynch Foundation

Here are three simple tips for meditation, especially useful if you are new to meditation and want to get started. You could decide to get started today.

3 Easy Tips to Help Get Started with Meditation

1. Keep it simple! The human mind will often try to overthink how to do it.  The point is that you are not ‘doing’ anything. Rather just sitting in stillness and listening from the inside out.

2. Meditate twice a day.  Choose times that are going to work for you and try to stick to them.  I work around my breakfast time. I set a time for breakfast and I meditate before I eat.  It doesn’t have to be a long time – 5 or 10 minutes to begin with works well. Find a comfy chair, sit down, feet on the ground or crossed legged, close your eyes and focus on your breath in and out. Imagine smelling a flower on the in breath and then letting go of anything you need to let go off on the out breath.

3. Stick with it, every day, for at least two weeks and see how much better you feel. It takes 14 days for a new habit to bed in, so keep at it and record your progress. Insight timer is a great app you can use for this and it’s free.  Headspace and Calm are also great free apps to check out.

Like any great change in life, we can think about it, we can talk about it but the only way to make the change is to just do it.  As David Lynch says, “If you don’t already meditate, take my advice: Start. It will be the best decision you ever make.”  

I would love to hear your feedback on these ideas.  Let me know what happens when you make time to enjoy the stillness and get into your meditation practice.

Good luck and don’t let your busy monkey mind put you off.

Blog

  • Living on the magical island of Ibiza

    I travelled extensively in my job with MTV over the years and ended up flying all over the world and visited many places. I lived in various cities and had a taste of many beautiful countries and cultures and came across many interesting strangers.

  • The Art of Creativity: Habit 1 – Fears and blocks

    practical ways how to identify your fears, dissolve them.

  • Launching my new book this week – and how it felt to be juggling a life-threatening event while writing a new book on creativity

    The Art Of Creativity – 7 Powerful Habits To Unlock Your Full Potential

  • Our mental health is under increased pressure with these extreme conditions.

    This is a testing time in lockdown and mental health is under threat. Lets support each other with love and grace.

  • Top tips for positive living: 5 habits of successful people and tips for living more healthily

    When we start to feel successful, everything begins to flow in the right direction.

  • How to get happy part 2

    Being a human is not at all easy. In fact, sometimes its incredibly hard. Meet 2020, for instance.

  • How to get Happy

    I have always been a positive type of person. Since I found out about how the brain works and how emotions are coded, I realised that how we feel moment by moment has a direct impact on the experience that we have.

  • Getting back into a work mindset after lockdown

    The shock and disorientation of lockdown and quarantine has brought us all into a sharp reset. As we now head back to work, we have to readjust some of the things in our daily habits and routines to get back in gradually with minimal upset.

  • Best software for writers

    I have been writing for more than 20 years. I have always used Word during all of that time. I wanted to check out the alternatives and check out what new tech and software is out there for writers. I found a great solution.

  • 7 solid house rules to survive quarantine that anyone can use

    Many of us are spending more time at home right now we have to work out new ways of managing the dynamics.