|The “Pearl” and I head up to my secret spot to take in the splendor.|
In a previous post I mentioned some fascinating facts about meditation. Meditation is a broad and somewhat mysterious term for some. I’ve run into many people who say they cannot meditate because they cannot keep their mind quiet.
Meditation is any form of a family of practices in which practitioners train their minds or self-induce a mode of consciousness to realize some benefit.
Meditation doesn’t have to be done in a seated position. I often talk about walking or hiking as a way to get centered. For
me, this type of movement is a form of meditation but I didn’t realize
it until, I started to practice.
One blogger suggests that, any activity in
which you can slow down your mind, become more inwardly focused and
more rooted in the present moment can offer the benefits of meditation.
His post Meditation Techniques for the Busy or Impatient is full of ideas to take the pressure off of meditating “correctly” and just reaping the benefits of slowing down.
- Exercise Meditation- Walking, Running, Swimming, Biking, Yoga…
- Bathing Meditation- Turn your shower or take a bath, into a spa experience…
- Music Meditation- Music is such a powerful tool. Set an intention for your next playlist…
- Hobby Meditation- Paint, write, color, garden; just BE free and allow your mind to fully focus…
- Massage Meditation- HELLO! I’m sure to incorporate this into a more regular practice as I have just met the most special massage therapist on planet earth….
- If All Else Fails – The 10 Minute Dark Room Meditation- Or 5 Minute Dimly Lit Room Meditation- Or 2.5 Minute Youtube Video or Guided Meditation…
The bottom line is that if you want to incorporate the stress reduction and/or higher conscious benefits of meditation, there is a way. You just have to do it!
You’re not alone! A 2007 study by the U.S. government found that nearly 9.4% of U.S.
adults (over 20 million) had practiced meditation within the past 12
months, up from 7.6% (more than 15 million people) in 2002.