Meditating Your Way to Balance?
By Rebeldad Brian Reid
Last week, I was stressed about everything. Work stressed. Money stressed. Car stressed. The list went on and on. The to-do list on my whiteboard only compounded the problem, growing each hour instead of shrinking. My head was spinning and nothing was getting done.
So, I decided to take a timeout and haul out the portable meditation bench gathering dust in the closet and try to just sit and breathe for a few minutes. Under normal circumstances, this would have sounded like lunacy, a high-minded way to put myself another 15 minutes in the hole. But I was desperate, and nothing else was working. I set a timer for 10 minutes, sat down and closed my eyes.
By most measures, the effort was an abject failure. It didn't clear my mind or keep my brain from racing. In fact, pulling myself away from the monitors actually gave me the space to think about new items for the whiteboard -- items that I couldn't hop up and scribble down. I didn't make it the full 10 minutes, either, finally giving up and returning to the keyboard.
But a funny thing happened after that. I was more motivated. Things began falling into place. I didn't catch up, to be sure, but I stopped falling behind. I began thinking it was time well-spent, and I resolved to do it more often.
I've never been good at the whole Eastern thing: too inflexible to enjoy yoga, too atheistic to get into the spiritual stuff, too distracted to make meditation a habit, but I'm wondering if the time has come to make another stab at it. Of course, I'm sure there are other ways to stop the head-spinning: How do you seize control of a day that's spiraling toward disaster?
Brian Reid writes about parenting and work-family balance. You can read his blog at rebeldad.com.
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