I learned about meditation through the Headspace app, which has a free section of meditations before you then go on to have to purchase a paid membership. I religiously undertook my ten minutes of meditation for about a month or two before I slowly slipped out of the habit.
I think that yoga, meditation and practising mindfulness (more on mindfulness here) are easy things to slip out of the habit of. I was almost 'medicating' myself with meditation and mindfulness, and as soon as life got a bit more comfortable and the anxieties started to slip away, I forgot about making time to find quiet and peace, didn't always find time for yoga practice, and began going about my busy life again.
I've not exactly kept it a secret that I've found things a little challenging since coming back from holiday. I try to generally be a positive person, but if you follow me on Twitter you might have seen me whinging about my new commute (I've transferred from an office five miles away to one 25 miles away), and traffic has meant that I've been spending between 2 - 3 hours on the road a day. I was previously in a very lucky position whereby flexitime and living so close meant that I was arriving home at 16.30 with lots of time to myself for blogging, reading, walking the dog, etc - but over the last few weeks I've been getting home relatively late and exhaustedly having dinner and going straight to bed. It's fair to say I'm not really carping many of my diems at the moment! Added to this, I've been having terrible trouble sleeping, meaning I lie awake for several hours a night and then feel like a bit of a zombie for a lot of the daytime. I'm hoping this is still some residual jetlag and that I will get back to normal soon.
After another night of feeling guilty about not having blogged, seen friends, done any exercise or had any proper 'me time', Tom suggested that I think about picking up meditation again. And of course it was an excellent suggestion.
What do you do to find peace in times of change or challenge?