I finally figured out how to make meditation work for me. Now I can make it twelve minutes with relative ease. I know that might not seem like much, but it absolutely has made a big difference in my life.
Let me share with you how I started the journey before you make your final decision.
I began my meditation journey by using movement meditation.
Movement meditation is exactly what it sounds like - when you are focusing and clearing you mind while moving!
Here are four that can get you started:
- Walk - take a walk, preferably in nature like a local park. The key to a walking meditation is to not listen to music, or a podcast or chat with a friend. Instead the focus is on slow focused movement. Pay attention to your walk, the surroundings and just be. It never fails that within about 15 minutes I can go from angry or frustrated to calm.
- Yoga - is an amazing way to calm your mind. In fact early yoga was created to balance the mind body connection and prepare you for meditation. Just was with walking, you want this to be a very gentle class. You are not going to do an intense flow in a hot room. Instead look for a hatha or a restorative class.
- Qigong - this is a blend of movement, breathing and meditation. It is very relaxing and requires you to be mindful. You can learn more about it here: National Qigong Association
- Walking a Labyrinth - I absolutely love to do this. I think more places should make them available. To me the biggest difference between a labyrinth and a regular walk is that with the labyrinth you don't have to be quite as aware. Simply follow the path. I also like to set an intention with the labyrinth as it is a shorter walk, which for me is better for focusing on a small problem.
The key with each of these is to do them in silence with a slow methodical pace.
After I was able to use these to calm my mind, I then began to move to a seated practice. Once my mind knew the rewards, it was more willing to sit and just be.
Although in all honesty, my mind does still go about 100 miles an hour most of the time. But it is constantly getting better!
I would love to know: do you meditate?