Sitting down with legs crossed and eyes closed to find an empty space in the brain just doesn’t work for everyone. When it comes to meditation, one size simply doesn’t fit all. Commonly misconceived, meditation doesn’t always have to follow the eastern Buddhist practices. By its very definition, meditation means taking time to contemplate and think, retreating from the business of everyday life. The dictionary doesn’t say that meditation has to be done in any particular way.
Meditation is good for the body and mind recovering from drugs and alcohol abuse. Meditation slows down what can be overwhelming thoughts and brings the focus back to all that is good. Scientifically, meditation has been shown to improve heart health, reduce stress, and even relieve chronic pain.
Creative and Physical Practices for Meditation
Any activity or practice that creates a solitary space in the mind for thinking about bigger things is a form of meditation. Finding a cadence in a run, connecting to the breath in yoga, or mindfully walking barefoot can all be meditative practices. Physical activity is a great way to get the blood flowing and sharpen focus on the mind-body connection. Rock climbing, for example, is very meditative. Having to think only about each next move for the sake of not falling, rock climbing demands a headspace that is clear of distraction. This is true of most physical activity. As a plus, exercise in itself can clear the mind. Adrenaline, endorphins, and happy hormones regulate emotions more efficiently, clearing away any stressful or draining feelings that may be present.
For those less physically-inclined to whom the idea of running is equal to torture, there are other means. Creativity is a meditation of the mind. Artists, poets, actors, and even philosophers find themselves in meditative states when they are creating. Journaling, free writing, or doing creative writing exercises is a great way to focus the mind for a period of time. Drawing and making art can be meditative as the object or scenery is contemplated with layers of meaning. Coloring books with intricate patterns have been shown to be practices for meditation as well, creating senses of relaxation and calm.
Developing a practice for meditation is personal. Quiet time for the self to simply be with the self is crucial in a busy world. Find joy in discovering what is the best meditation and relief in knowing that there is no one right way.
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