Do you meditate? I fully admit I suck at the more traditional types of meditation.
Trust me. I’ve tried.
Just like me, I’m sure you’ve heard or read all about the benefits of meditation—less stress, better health, more focus, etc. I WANT to like meditating (just like I wish I liked salmon but no matter how its served it still tastes nasty to me).
In fact, I’ve tried all sorts of ways to get into a regular meditation practice— guided meditation classes (more than once), yoga-meditation, videos and audios—you name it and I’ve probably tried it. But none of it stuck and I have to say I really stink at traditional meditation. I have nothing against it, in fact if you can do it, I think that is awesomely amazing.
I can’t just sit there. If I am sitting quiet, I get tired and want to lie down. If I am lying down (like at the end of a yoga class), I fall asleep. You know that scene in Eat, Love, Pray when she first starts meditating? Ya that’s me.
So I gave up or so I thought. It turns out I have some pretty cool ways that are actually meditating but without all the fuss and pressure to be perfect. AND they leave me feeling focused, refreshed and relaxed just like traditional meditation does so I’m getting all the benefits without the sore butt.
I call this the Lazy Woman’s Guide to Meditation.
Curious? Here’s what I do…
1. I take a nap. Yes, I try to take a brief nap almost daily, usually around 3:30ish. But it isn’t a nap where I sleep, that is only a bonus if it happens. I just snuggle down in my bed and close my eyes for 20 to 30 minutes. I let my mind wander and I usually get in that half awake and half asleep phase. I shut my brain off for just those few minutes and when I get up I am refreshed whether I slept or not. It is a good break in my day and gets me away from my computer too. I don’t take my phone with me. I just rest for up to 30 minutes and poof, there it is. I meditated. Easy breezy. I’ve done this my whole life. I give you permission to have a nap (you can call it your meditation time if you prefer…wink wink).
2. I take a bath. I think meditating in a nice hot bubble bath is WAY more relaxing than sitting on a cold floor telling myself to watch my breath. I have some pretty awesome Mp3s I found with rain or ocean wave sounds, so I play one of those, dim the lights and just lay back and relax. (Tip: If you light candles, do not put any around or on the actual tub. This is a good way to catch your hair on fire… I tell you from experience). Sometimes after I’ve relaxed a bit, I read a book but not always. I just let my mind wander and see where it goes. You would be amazed at the ideas I’ve had while in a bath. I can totally zone out but then suddenly just snap ‘awake’ all refreshed and ready. I’ve even had a bath in the middle of the day if I am stuck on coming up with an idea for something. BTW if you don’t have time for a bath but want the benefits, a nice shower can work too. I get the BEST ideas while in the shower.
3. I take a walk. I just found out that walking meditation is a real thing. That is pretty cool because I find walking amazing for clearing my mind. Getting outside, breathing in the great outdoors, and just walking seems to really help me. Again, I let my mind wander and by the time I get home, I usually either have a solution to my challenge or am pretty close to one. And if I’m not working on a challenge, then I simply feel clearer and happier. Even a short 10 to 15 minute walk really helps to clear the cobwebs. Try it.
So there you have it, three ways that I meditate (sort of). If I’ve learned one thing in all this, it’s that there is no one way to meditate or a wrong way. Just do things that you normally do while clearing your thoughts. Even doing the dishes can be a type of meditation.
I think the trick (if there is one) is to get away from all technology and just focus on letting your thoughts go for a bit, the rest takes care of itself whether you are chanting, deep breathing, in a funny pose or not.
Do you regularly meditate? If so what do you do? If not, is there something else you do? I’d love to know…leave a comment below.