With two high-energy rippers in our house, I’ve been trying to figure out how to slow down a little. Last week I posted some suggestions about traveling locally and scheduling fewer activities. Meditating is the obvious way to go, of course. It’s been shown to lower blood pressure, improve concentration and self control, and promote well-being, but not everybody has time to sit in stillness for 30 minutes a day.
I’ve tried meditating during my regularly scheduled life, like while I’m giving my girls a bath, but I usually only get in one or two deep breaths before I have to break up a naked toddler wrestling match. And while running or riding the trails can feel transcendent, the truth is, I’m usually too busy paying attention to my body and breathing (not to mention my iPod) to sink into the slow, mindfulness I crave. What I’ve realized is that as busy, active parents, we need time and space alone, in relative stillness, to find our ommm.
Not much time, though. Try two minutes a day.