(Today we welcome back Helen Butler for part 2 or her “Journey Back to Calm.”)
I am a non-conformist. I always have been. I’m probably one of those people who may (or may not!) drive you nuts because I make my own path, not following one that someone says I should.
I know I drove my parents nuts when I was growing up because I was always asking “Why?”. Having to conform in a large family because it’s easier for everyone else can be tough. Needless to say I felt a little unbalanced; uncentred because I was always having to do things I didn’t want to do.
So for me to do something – anything – regularly, on a daily basis, has to work for me, my schedule and my non-conformist gene.
I am a business owner. One of those who does more tasks in my business than I probably should. So how do I find time to do the My Diamond Days meditations – to see the benefits of regular, daily meditating?
Firstly I made the decision that I needed to switch off.
No, that’s an understatement. I really, REALLY needed to switch off!
If I didn’t my health, family, business, relationships, everything was going to suffer.
I know I needed to make meditation a daily routine – just like brushing my teeth, showering or school pickup.
After making that decision, I then had to work out the best time for me to meditate. This was tricky because I knew that the middle of the day (around 1pm) was the best time for me. It was the time that gave me the most benefits, to help me get through the rest of my work and the after-school chaos.
But the problem was that I was often with clients at 1pm. So what to do? I knew I needed the daily practice, but how would this work? I couldn’t just say to my client “Please keep going on what we’re doing – I’m just going to sit in the corner and meditate for 10 minutes”!
What came to me in a flash of brilliance one day was to mix it up a bit. If I was able to meditate at 1pm – for example, when I’m in the office and can take a break – I would. If I couldn’t, because I was in an appointment or with a client, I would meditate just before school pickup, at around 2.30pm. This routine worked for me because I always arrived at school early (you know what it’s like – the car parking is awful!!) and was able to sit in the car, switch off and meditate.
Sure, I might have looked a little silly if someone I knew walked by – but who cares? The benefits far outweighed any embarrassment I might have felt!
So this routine works for me. It may or may not work for you, depending on your life, work and schedule. But you know what? If I don’t do my daily meditation I really feel it in my body, my head, my interaction with friends, family and clients.
And I don’t like that. So I make the time to meditate – because the benefits far outweigh anything else.
Helen Butler is Director of Clutter Rescue (www.clutterrescue.com.au) and an Accredited Expert Professional Organiser with the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers. Helen works with busy Mums to bring calm and clarity to their Space and Time.