Your busy lifestyle may not easily allow you to engage in mindfulness practices very early in the morning. Don’t worry. You don’t have to be anxious. So long as you can find 20 minutes in the evening, you can still discover the art of being fully in the present moment. Needless to say, a secure and quiet environment is essential.
It would even be better, if you can sit by a large window which would allow you to watch the moon. Mindfulness and moonlight can go well together.
For the best experience, you don’t have to wait until the full-moon. If the night skies are clear, your nervous systems would benefit from a moderate amount of moonlight, which is more sedative than daylight.
Tonight, for example, the moon in the southern sky is still large, having passed the full-moon only 3 days ago. Thanks to the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in London in April 2019, it is now marvelous that most people can actually watch the large moon in the night sky. The full-moon 3 days ago was fantastic! Mindfulness and moonlight are friends! The face of the moon is a little bit smaller now, the amount of the sedative energy in the atmosphere seems to have increased.
You can make a wish on the moon. You don’t have to be obsessed about removing your thoughts, feelings and emotions. However, there is a subtle tip for a happy experience of mindfulness: wish for the peace and harmony of all the people and living beings in the whole world, except for your own ego. This is a difficult tip. But without being able to spot the behaviour of your ego, you can’t easily see reality rising above the horizon.
Sit comfortably by the window either directly on the floor or on chair. If you have a balcony, you can use something like an ottoman to avoid the cold surface directly touching your legs. I use a milk crate with a folded yoga mat on it. It feels almost perfect when I sit on it.
Once you begin to sense the moonlight reaching you and dancing around you, slow down your breathing start counting your breaths. Your inhalation and exhalation should be equal in terms of duration. Count five in each inhalation and exhalation. Continue for 20 minutes.