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    Default Any hubbers do meditation?

    Just interested. My hubby is a big fan of meditation and has been encouraging me to do as well. I just feel like i don't have time to sit down or lie down to meditate. But really want to give it a go and experience the magic of it. Anyone on bubhub meditate?

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    I would really like to but don't see how it's possibly with a toddler and newborn. Even in the past before kids when I have tried to I just can't get my mind to shut up!

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    Yes I do. It's not very time consuming at all there's a great app called headspace that has 10 minute daily meditations. It's also useful to read up on mindfulness- being mindful doesn't necessarily mean lying down and meditating every day, you can incorporate mindfulness into your whole day. Buddhism for Mothers is a great book to read. I also listened to a fantastic podcast the other day on mindfulness on Radio National Big ideas called 'it's time to pay attention' which was all about paying attention in a mindful way to tasks, instead of trying to multitask all the time. One of the lines from it was something like 'there's not much point meditating for 30 minutes every day if the other 15-odd hours of attention is all spent unfocused'. I'm a nutshell it's about being present, not constantly having a racing mind. If you're cutting vegetables, focus on the task. Listen to the sound of the vegetables being cut; feel the knife slide into them. Stop and pay your family your complete attention when you greet them or say goodbye. Small moments of mindfulness that don't take up any extra time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpicyTurtle View Post
    I would really like to but don't see how it's possibly with a toddler and newborn. Even in the past before kids when I have tried to I just can't get my mind to shut up!
    me too, with two young kids it just feels like there is not a chance. Hubby suggested doing it before sleep but as soon as my head hits the pillow, i can't stay awake

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Yes I do. It's not very time consuming at all there's a great app called headspace that has 10 minute daily meditations. It's also useful to read up on mindfulness- being mindful doesn't necessarily mean lying down and meditating every day, you can incorporate mindfulness into your whole day. Buddhism for Mothers is a great book to read. I also listened to a fantastic podcast the other day on mindfulness on Radio National Big ideas called 'it's time to pay attention' which was all about paying attention in a mindful way to tasks, instead of trying to multitask all the time. One of the lines from it was something like 'there's not much point meditating for 30 minutes every day if the other 15-odd hours of attention is all spent unfocused'. I'm a nutshell it's about being present, not constantly having a racing mind. If you're cutting vegetables, focus on the task. Listen to the sound of the vegetables being cut; feel the knife slide into them. Stop and pay your family your complete attention when you greet them or say goodbye. Small moments of mindfulness that don't take up any extra time.
    Thank you so much for the insight. I just downloaded headspace and can't wait to try it out. I really need something not very time consuming. I remember my husband was talking about mindfulness as well. Really good point! Thank you

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    Yes. Every night before bed and I do it with the kids a few times a week too. I have the Insight Timer app, I use it with the voice turned off as I just like music. You don't have to meditate for ages, start with 5 minutes (I meditate sitting up otherwise I get sleepy).

    And agree with PP, incorporating mindfulness in your every day life is fantastic.

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    I use the smiling mind app, it has a range of different meditations. I struggled initially with doing it but spent a weekend on a Buddhist meditation retreat at Wollongong with my mum and since then I've been able to get into the headspace easier. I do a 5/10 minute meditation right before going to sleep a few times a week, I have to do it sitting up or I would prob go to sleep. I use headphones so as not to disturb hubby.

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    I used to meditate for 30 minutes everyday when I was pregnant. DH and I joke that that's why DS is so chilled out. My meditation practice was a guided one specifically for emotional intelligence as I was suffering with terrible anxiety and it helped me root out the issues at the heart of my anxiety (along with CBT), so may not be suited to what you're after. But it was wonderful and I swear by the physical and emotional benefits that you can get from regular meditation practice.

    I really miss it but I don't have time for that any more unfortunately. Instead I find, as PPs have suggested, that practicing mindfulness is an incredible way to get very similar benefits as meditation. I also second reading Buddhism for Mothers about how to grab those few minutes here and there, and not becoming totally overwhelmed during those sometimes challenging child-wrangling moments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoteToSelf View Post
    Yes. Every night before bed and I do it with the kids a few times a week too. I have the Insight Timer app, I use it with the voice turned off as I just like music. You don't have to meditate for ages, start with 5 minutes (I meditate sitting up otherwise I get sleepy).

    And agree with PP, incorporating mindfulness in your every day life is fantastic.
    I should try sitting up to do short meditation before bed then, good idea, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Cheese View Post
    I use the smiling mind app, it has a range of different meditations. I struggled initially with doing it but spent a weekend on a Buddhist meditation retreat at Wollongong with my mum and since then I've been able to get into the headspace easier. I do a 5/10 minute meditation right before going to sleep a few times a week, I have to do it sitting up or I would prob go to sleep. I use headphones so as not to disturb hubby.
    Hubby is saying there is a two week meditation retreat at Blue mountains in a few months time. I really want to go with him but with two kids i guess i can't. Mediation changed my Dh a lot and our relationship is much better than before. I should give it a go too ☺

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