find time for meditation! Here’s a 2 minute sensory meditation – based on the taste of chocolate – which is scientifically reported to help you to feel more relaxed and focused. Plus below I also share a range of other relaxation insights and simple meditation ideas for busy people!Too busy to meditate? Then you should definitely
If you’ve been following my work, then you know I joyously studied to be a meditation (and yoga) teacher at Ishta Yoga.
Although I’ve always loved meditation, there were times I let my meditation pillow collect dust in the closet (aka: after my son was born).
The more you think you don’t have time for meditation, the more you need to take time to meditate.
It helps you to think at your clearest, so you do work at a faster and more productive level.
Plus when your mind is clear, you don’t make as many sloppy mistakes, so you don’t have to take time to re-do what you messed up.
Here’s a funny story from one of my favorite books – Steve Covey’s book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” – which explains why meditation is such a terrific time management tool.
There was this guy (GUY#1) who was sawing down a tree with a very long, dull saw – and so it was taking him a very long, dull time.
His friend (GUY#2) tried to get him to stop sawing – so he could sharpen his saw – thereby allowing his work to move forward more swiftly.
GUY#1 declined saying, “I can’t take the time to sharpen the saw. I’m too busy sawing the tree.”
Unfortunately, GUY#1 did not see what GUY#2 saw.
When you slow down to sharpen your saw, you save time- by improving how you “saw” away at anything you might need to do!
All of this reminds me of something I read in another favorite book called “Slowness” by Milan Kundera.
(Note: Ironically this was a slender book I sped through in a day!)
Kundera explains how we live in a highly speeded-up culture.
Kundera warns how speeding up your life keeps you from remembering daily details
Plus living a busy, fast paced life keeps you forgetful about your overall life values
The next time you find yourself racing quickly down the street, know that you’re not only running to your next appointment.
You are also literally running from contact with your truest feelings, deepest needs and most valuable insights.
I know right now there are some very smart inventors out there who are trying to create more fancy-shmancy devices to save you more time – like “time-saving apps” or “time-saving technological devices.”
Our world doesn’t need any more time-saving devices – which quickly morph into schedule-clogging, mind-clogging and feeling-clogging devices.
Instead our world needs more “time-savoring devices” – which help us to slow down and become more mindful of who we are and what we value for a happy life.
With all of this in mind, you can see why I strongly recommend taking time to meditate on a regular basis – especially when you don’t have time to mediate.
I personally love to do various 2-minute sensory meditations – where are based on using your 5 senses as grounding tools.
I love doing 2 minute sensory meditations so much, that I even wrote a book called Instant Calm – sharing all my favorite sensory meditations.
Yes, this sensory meditation homework is all about chocolate.
I’m assigning you eating Dark Chocolate – not only because it’s such a huge attention-hogging Taste Sensation.
Dark Chocolate has been researched to reduce stress levels in the brain – and help you to feel more relaxed and focused.
Dark chocolate contains serotonin, endorphin and dopamine, which are great hormones for the lowering stress levels and improving feelings of calm.
You can substitute in any hard candy – any flavor of your choice – just make sure it’s one you love – because you will be focusing on its flavor for a few minutes.
Doing a Chocolate Sensory Meditation is all about savoring the flavor – not binge-eating – which is the opposite of a Meditation.
When you binge-eat you basically do NOT taste the food. You inhale it.
When you meditate, you are truly savoring the flavor of the chocolate in your mouth.
Oh – and one more obvious reminder! Be sure to only do this Chocolate Sensory Meditation once a day – not a 100 times a day!
Instant Calm!You will love all the many fun and simple meditations I share inside
If you’re committed to living your happiest and most successful life, I encourage you to check out all the many 2-minute sensory meditations inside Instant Calm!
The meditations are great for beginners to meditation – as well as advanced meditators – because there’s something for everyone.
I’m tickled and proud that some of our world’s most renowned wellness and meditation teachers love and recommend Instant Calm – including Elena Brower and Kristine Carlson!
“INSTANT CALM” OFFERS PERFECT DAILY PRACTICES FOR FINDING BALANCE IN THE FACE OF STRESS
Studies have shown that meditation helps to sharpen focus, release tension, and strengthen inner connection. With Instant Calm, Karen offers a range of simple, enriching two-minute meditations for each of your five senses – perfect daily practices for finding balance in the face of stress, locating energy in times of fatigue, and welcoming rest when it’s time to sleep. Grateful for this potent guidebook to Instant Calm. – Elena Brower, Bestselling Author & International Yogi
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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