How 7 busy women make time to meditate

busy women_meditation Reaching for your glowing iPhone the second you wake up might not be the best way to channel a “Zen” vibe throughout your day. (Although it can be hard to resist.)

That’s where meditation comes in. Whether a breath-focused or other practice, it’s been shown to help with everything from stress levels to sex drive. But we’re not going to lie, finding time for it can be pretty tough.

So we tapped these seven busy, working women—from Organic Avenue’s founder Denise Mari and SoulCycle master instructor Melanie Griffith to SpaRitual nail polish founder Shel Pink—who’ve figured out how to fit in time to meditate, despite to-do lists that go on for days.

Find out how they organize their day to make it happen—what it does for their work week, their sanity and happiness, and, well, pretty much everything else. —Molly Gallagher

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Denise_Meditating_Web Denise Mari, 40, New York City
Founder of Organic Avenue

“Meditation is as necessary to peace of mind as air and water is necessary to life. I meditate daily as part of my yoga practice and to really increase the goodness in life,” says Mari.

Sounds great, but how does she make sure it happens? “I begin and end each day with it—for 11 minutes—whether it’s on a yoga mat or my bed, when I first wake up or just before I go to sleep,” she says.

(Photo: Denise Mari)


Rachel Krupa_Women who meditate Rachel Krupa, 34, Los Angeles
Founder of Krupa Consulting

“I’m relatively new to meditation—I started in December 2013, and it’s been life changing. Last winter, I felt as if I was being chaotically pulled in too many directions, and there was not enough time in the day to accomplish everything. My sister, who’s been practicing meditation and energy medicine for years forced me to meditate with her. I was hooked. By clearing my mind and removing the clutter, I was able to focus, be more productive, and most importantly, reconnect with my deeper self, says Krupa.

“I try to mediate every morning…I set my alarm to wake up 15 minutes earlier and either go outside on my balcony (the joys of sunny LA) or sit in front of my window, light a candle, and go! On particularly challenging days, I go to Unplug Mediation.

(Photo: Rachel Krupa)


Julia Dzafic Meditation Julia Dzafic, 28, New York City
Head of online marketing for Nourish Snacks and creator of the blog Lemon Stripes

“I started my meditation practice about two years ago to help with insomnia. Now, I try to meditate for at least five minutes before bed,” says Dzafic.

Although some styles of meditation focus on clearing your mind, Dzafic says that’s not what it means for her. “I find that I often reach for my phone the second I wake up and instead taking a few minutes to properly appreciate the day before I check my emails makes a world of difference.”

(Photo: Julia Dzafic)


Melanie Griffith SoulCycle_Women who meditate Melanie Griffith, 45, New York City
SoulCycle master instructor

“I started meditating three years ago when I was about to begin chemotherapy treatment for chronic lymphoma. I was planning to continue teaching my SoulCycle classes and wanted to approach them, as well as my role as a mother of three, with as much energy as possible,” says Griffith.

“Making time to meditate is simply a choice. Meditation has helped me find lasting calm and clarity—even though my life is extremely full. Understanding how to quiet my mind, and stay present in each moment, has a profound impact on my daily life.”

(Photo: SoulCycle)


Shel Pink_meditation Shel Pink, 45, Los Angeles
Founder of SpaRitual Nail Polish

“I started to meditate 16 years ago. I was going through a stressful transitional period in my life, and a friend recommended that I try the Transcendental Meditation technique,” says Pink, who now embraces a Slow Beauty lifestyle.

“I meditate two times a day for 20 minutes. I have a meditation chair in my bedroom that I have to support my meditation practice. In the afternoon I meditate at the office. When I’m feeling a bit drained from the day, it helps me release the stress that has built up, and tap into a reserve of energy I wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.”

(Photo: SpaRitual)


Felicity Sargent_meditation Felicity Sargent, 28, New York City
Cofounder of Definer, an app for making up new words and phrases, and a Vogue contributor

“I started meditating in high school. I was an endurance athlete and my coach encouraged the whole team to meditate to improve our performance. Now, I try to meditate first thing in the morning. In the summer, I enjoy meditating on my roof. In the winter, it’s harder, but I always maintain a sacred space in my apartment,” says Sargent.

“Working in the start-up space, I’ve found that my days are never the same, and keeping a consistent schedule is pretty much out of the question. Meditation really helps me stay calm, focused, and most importantly, happy.”



Laura Rubin, New York City, Montauk, NY, and Venice, CA
Founder of notebook brand AllSwell and creative director of communications boutique Left Left Right

“My go-to form of meditation is journaling. I began keeping a journal when I was eight and have been a consistent jotter ever since. It’s the way I ground and calm myself. The act of putting pen to paper is cathartic in a way that typing on any kind of device simply is not,” says Rubin.

“I carve out time first thing in the morning and again just before going to sleep. Sometimes it takes the shape of to-do lists, which helps still the mind before sleep or focus my energy for the day ahead. On other occasions, I find myself drawing out bigger picture concepts, recording dreams, processing experiences, or flushing out unnecessary concerns.”

(Photo: Vanessa Bieler)


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