Have you ever tried to meditate?
Often I see the glazed look of disinterest together with a polite smile when I suggest this to clients struggling with stress and/or anxiety! It's ok... I get it! Meditation seems a bit idealistic and only for those with plenty of time on their hands right? Actually Nah.
Maybe I've got you all wrong and actually it's already part of your daily routine. Maybe it now comes so easily to you that you could meditate in a room full of noisy people, on a crowded bus, on the sofa whilst the kids are asking what's for dinner and still maintain your zen. If this is you, man well done, you've got your shit together!
What if, for you though, there is always something else more pressing/important/fun to spend your time on. You might have even successfully given it a go one time and experienced first hand the benefits it can give, got all excited and immediately downloaded an app that was going to give you reminders and inspirational quotes to keep your motivation up......but then the app just sort of hung out on your phone, using up space and only getting used once in a blue moon. Even as I'm writing this, my app is reminding me to get some 'headspace' and almost on autopilot I'm pressing the dismiss button.
So here's the thing I've recently discovered.....
and this was like a light bulb moment for me......Meditation comes in all different shapes and sizes....it's not all 'oms' and empty minds. Well thank fuck for that! Now I'm not saying I don't enjoy a bit of Native American music, a floor cushion and some reiki incense burning in the corner, but it's not always an easy or even attainable practice for me to keep up on a daily basis. So I was pretty stoked when I found out that there's more than one way to do it.
"Anything can become a meditation if it is done with the right awareness"
So what are the ways I can 'meditate'?
Try out one or more of the following and notice how you feel after. You might find more than one resonates with you.....
- Listening to music
- Painting or creating some art
- Cloud watching/Star gazing
- Focusing on the breath
- Having a massage (promise I'm not just saying this for business!)
- Group meditation (some people find it easier to focus with others and with a guide)
My meditation type (if you want to know!):
For me, my mind often feels so full up of thoughts (some useful, some anxious & others just crap from the day) so I like to take a walk in the neighborhood. Sometimes I'll take Xavier Rudd or Fat Freddy's Drop with me & other times I prefer to take in the sounds of nature and other people around. I'm not walking fast and I'm not walking up hills, I'm just following my feet and enjoying it for what it is. I don't even necessarily feel amazing when I'm doing it but I like the shift in focus and I feel good after, and I notice my mood takes a dip when I've gone a few days without it.
What I think is the most important thing to take from this, is that meditation can be for everyone, for anyone that wants to feel better. It doesn't have to fit the stereotype so you don't have to either!
Have fun with it.
Peace, Love & Plant Power, Joss xo