Busy Mom: How to Concentrate?

Question

jai guru!! I am mom to a 2 yr old and full time home maker, studying for a prof exam, based in states, my shedule exhausts me so much by the time i sit to study my concentration slips badly,

pls advice how best to clear my exams.

—minsmom, US

Answer

Dear Nirup,

I apologize for the delay in answering your mail. Schedules do intrude, don’t they!

Being a mother myself I understand your situation. Juggling the demands of study and family responsibilites is always a challenge, no matter how much help or advice we have.

Here are suggestions which may help you:

Does your child take naps? Can you nap at the same time? I would suggest that you study early in the morning before the others in your home are awake.

This way you will be fresher and more alert, and the house will be quiet. This may mean getting up very early, and that is why I suggested a nap during the day.

If you can begin with 10 minutes of meditation, watching the breath or practicing any technique you know, it will help you to concentrate.

If you don’t already know the Hong Sau technique you can learn it online at www.onlinewithananda.org. It’s a very simple but powerful technique which specifically helps you to concentrate.

I hope these suggestions are helpful. Also you can visit our home page at Ananda.org, and click on the link called Meditation, in the left sidebar, for more resources.

Please contact me through this site if I can be of further help to you.

Joy to you,
Nayaswami Sadhana Devi