I try to do some mindfulness meditation at least once a week, usually on a morning.
I always feel more positive and energised afterwards, and it sets a good intention for the day.
It's generally easier to do on a morning as my mind is usual clear and quiet, and there is sense of starting over: moving forward from whatever came the day before, and preparing the mind for whatever might come today.
Sometimes it's a bit of wrestle getting out of bed, and moving towards my mat; I think of things I'd rather be doing, convince myself I am too busy or don't have time. But then I remember how good I will feel afterwards.
SO I set my pink yoga mat and my cushions down on my patio, and away we go….
Since I live in a council/ex-council block in the middle of Hackney, theres always plenty of noises, and sensations to focus on so. It's a total myth that you need to be in some kind of tranquil oasis in the middle of nature to meditate. Obviously it's wonderful to be on a peaceful beach where you can focus on the sounds of the waves.
But even in the middle of the concrete jungle there are sensations to focus on; the feeling of the gentle breeze on your skin, the sun on your face (sometimes!) and the bird singing (why the birds don't ditch Hackney and fly somewhere nicer I really dont know)….
And there is always Breath; the gentle rise and fall of the breath. Thats the great thing about meditation, you can carry it with you and do it wherever you go.
I would also really recommend Mindfullness practice for Pregnancy and even after the baby is born. Apparently you can use many of the same techniques for the early days with a baby or toddler, although I've never tried it myself.
Mindful birthing, by Nancy Bardack, is a great book that was recommended to me by my wonderful Yoga and Mindfulness teacher Ayala Gill.
Apparently you can also get books about mindful hypnobirthing but I haven't got my head round that yet! They are undoubtedly very complementary practises but I am yet to fully suss out how you merge the two: I'll keep you posted!
If it all sounds a bit whack for you right now then I'd recommend to simply start by downloading a mindfulness app and listen to it whilst you are lying in bed at night. Pop in your earphones and have a go; nobody has to know that you're not actually listening to Radiohead.
And it's probably much better for you that listening to Radiohead anyway...