There are so many benefits to meditation that it is one morning step you should never miss! However, we know that mornings are busy and evenings can be even more complicated. We understand that many people don’t have time to fit in any sort of meditation during the day. So here at Wellness Sidekick, we have come up with a solution! A way for you to get to work on time and still have your meditation, too.
Meditating during your commute is a great way to pass the time on your way to work … not to mention you get to squeeze in a little self-care time. The main focus of meditation is to bring mindfulness and calm to the senses. This luckily can be done anywhere, even on your commute. Below are three different meditations you can do on your way to work. The bonus is you don’t even have to close your eyes!
- When you in your car, walking or on public transportation. (take special care to remain alert if you are driving or biking. Mindfulness does not mean you’re not aware of what is going on around you.)
- Find a comfortable place in your seat with your back straight and your chest open. You don’t have to exaggerate this in any way; you just want to make sure you’re not slouching.
- Take three deep inhales and exhales to get your mind centered. Then begin to breathe with just your nose.
- Notice how your body feels; how the motion of the commute feels. With every inhale and exhale, you find yourself relaxing into the commute and the space where you are.
- Allow your mind to focus on the movement of your travels as you breathe in through your nose and out through your nose.
- This meditation works best if you are surrounded by people. You can wait until you get to your workplace, if you are usually the kind of person who commutes alone.
- For this one, find a nice tall seat in the chair in which you are sitting. Take a few deep breaths and then continue your breathing in through the nose and out through the nose.
- When you’re ready, begin to look around the bus, train, subway, or ride-share car, whatever form of transportation you’re taking. Begin by choosing one person at a time and sending thoughts of love and kindness in that direction.
- Maybe this means you silently wish them a good day or that you love the outfit they are wearing. You might even just send them a smile or a wave.
- If you’re not the kind of person who wants to attract attention, a simple, silent “I wish you a great day” will do just fine.
- You can also silently wish the people in your life to have a good day by imagining them and sending them love … all the while remembering to keep a rhythmic breath.
Stress/Stuck in Traffic:
- If you’re the morning or afternoon commuter who unfortunately gets stuck in traffic, this is the meditation I suggest for you.
- If you find yourself feeling frustrated or angry when driving, try doing this meditation. Begin by gripping the steering wheel with both hands. Squeeze the steering wheel as tightly as you can; at the same time taking a nice deep inhale through your nose.
- Hold for 5 seconds.
- Then release on a deep exhale. As you release the grip on the steering wheel, not only relax your hands, but also your head, neck, shoulders, and spine.
- Repeat 10 times, each one finding different points in your body to relax.
- Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your nose for the duration of your commute.
Using your commute to meditate is a great way to get in some self-care for the person who is always busy. It’s always important to be creative and find ways to take care of yourself! Hope everyone has a good day at work!