There are countless ways to meditate. I get asked that from time to time.
I actually talk about different ways to meditate with my friends all the time. The daily quiet time is essential for everyone I am close to. In fact, there seem to be as many different ways to meditate as there are people on this planet.
I am going to talk about a few of the ways that I have found effective for me. I will also talk about what you can do right now, in the course of your busy day to meditate in small ways, to remain centered. Enjoy!
Most people think of meditating a set of rules to follow, in specific ways, otherwise “you’re doing it wrong!” Nothing could be further from the truth. There is no one way you can meditate. Because any form of slowing down for even 3-5 minutes can be monumentally beneficial. There is no need to be sitting in a certain position. Exact results are not necessary. The process is more important than the event itself.
Let’s cover a few very basic forms of meditation:
You’re getting in your car. You unlock the door. Maybe you put your things in the back. You sit down in the driver’s seat. Before you turn the ignition, sit for a little bit. Listen to your breath. Are there nature sounds? Birds? Weather?
I know I have found that when I’m in the middle
Another quick meditation I like to do is going for a walk. I know, I know …. some people don’t really get this one. But the whole sitting in a full lotus position, legs crossed, chakras aligned and thinking of nothing doesn’t really work for me. Cuz when I’m thinking of nothing, I’m thinking about thinking about nothing and then when I realize
OBSERVE NATURE; A good activity on my walks is to observe nature all around. Look at the leaves. Listen to the birds. Right where ever you are at this moment. On this walk. You will be amazed at the things you are surrounded by that you didn’t notice until you use your walk as a meditation; As an opportunity to observe. Be sure to look down too. Plenty to see underfoot.
BREATHING; is pretty much the key to all meditations. It’s a good place to start if you’re just beginning to meditate. It is a perfect return point if you are needing a center.
YOGA; is a great meditation. It takes my mind off my day to day thoughts. I focus on something very specific. I lose track of time. Take a class or watch one on demand. My first teachers were invaluable. Priceless really. They gave me a good foundation. Plus they were able to observe my positions and remind me to center, or breath, or hold a little bit longer.