Meditation For People Who Don’t Meditate
A consistent meditation practice can be difficult for even the most experienced of meditators. Even after years of meditating and with a thorough appreciation of the many, many benefits to be had from this peaceful practice – someone who meditates will still try to find excuses for why they don’t need to meditate that day.
For some reason, despite knowing that it is possibly the best thing they can do for themselves, people sometimes just cannot bring themselves to sit down and still their mind.
Is this a problem you’re just all too familiar with?
Then here’s a reminder for you –
There is No Right Way to Meditate
Contrary to what you may have heard, there just isn’t one, perfect ideal for what constitutes as ‘meditation’. There is no ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ way to meditate and expand into inner peace…just as there is no wrong or right way for a river to flow into an ocean.
The ‘norm’ for meditation is considered to be a person in a comfortable seated position, eyes closed and in complete stillness.
But that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.
You can choose to meditate…
- On a chair
- Lying down
- Whilst walking
- At your desk at work
- Listening to music
- Sitting in a group
- With your eyes open
This is your meditation. Do what makes you the most comfortable.
A lot of people are also put off of the idea of meditation as they find the idea of keeping their mind completely empty and still ‘impossible’. If you think that meditation requires a totally blank mind, then you’re mistaken. Even the most practiced of meditators will tell you that this is incredibly tough – and for the majority, it is near impossible.
When you meditate, you can meditate on whatever it is that you want. Meditation is just about being in the moment, giving your mind a refreshing breather from your daily worries and anxieties. It’s all about finding something on which you can gently focus, and just sitting with it for a while.
You can choose to meditate on…
- Your favorite color (alternatively, here is A Guide To Using Colors To Enhance Your Mood)
- An image that brings you peace
- A sound
- The face of a loved one
- Your breathing
- A mantra – i.e. ‘I am love’
- An idea – i.e. ‘peace for all’
It really doesn’t matter! Meditate on whatever you need to in that moment – be that silence, relaxation, an emotion – remember, this is YOUR time.
The Truth of the Matter is This…
There is no particular way that your meditation practice should ‘look’; you don’t have to get into any complicated positions to do it and you don’t have to do it for hours on end to reap the many benefits. You can learn about the benefits from this quick guide to meditation article.
Just do it every day, and most importantly of all, do it your way.
Even if this means simply spending an extra 5 minutes in bed, just focusing on your breathing. Or, even if it means focusing on a positive affirmation for an extra minute or two whilst your stuck sitting in traffic. If you can squeeze a little meditation into your day, just do it.
By just fitting at least 5 minutes of meditation into each day, your capacity for peace, compassion and joy will grow, and your life – and the world in general – will become just that little bit better because of it.