Feeling tired, bored, stressed, or overworked? Want to learn how you can incorporate meditation into your everyday life without causing yourself additional work? If so then this is the article for you!
In brief meditation is a noun often shrouded in a cloak of mystery by those who misguidedly believe that meditating is just for the select few who have the time to sit under a tree all day and be one with their soul. Yet, what if you day is full to bursting, and you don’t have any time left to squeeze, what can you do? Of course I’d strongly suggest that you assess what things you really need to be doing and what things you can let go of. That in its self is another article, to follow soon!
First of all though let’s drop the misconception that meditation is only about sitting still. Not so… having presence is meditation too. Let me angle this…. You clean your teeth, car, clothes, dishes, house, etc… right? Like you wouldn’t wear the same shirt all week without washing it and expect it to be as good as the start of the week. Of course not., but don’t forget our minds need cleaning too. I don’t mean that you actually physically need to clean your mind, but energetically cleaning, now that’s going to improve your life. If not then the mind will just keep going over stuff even when it doesn’t need to, it’s hardly surprising as you haven’t trained it. Meditation is how you tame your mind. Yes, we need our mind but it’s there to serve us not the other way around, meaning that it’s not required to think all the time.
So as I was saying, life is getting faster as we cram more and more into our day. But what if you could merge meditation into your everyday activities by using all your senses and hence reach a state of meditative mindfulness? Too good to be true? Nah.
I’d like to add that the best thing you can do in life is to stop viewing your activities as a means to an end. Stop finding salvation in the future and start to live more in the now. Have plans but don’t forget to enjoy the journey. Check out the meditations below.
Shower with power meditation
You shower most days right? So doing it without a sense of presence isn’t going to save you any time. Why not instead use these 5-10 minutes of your life to do a meditation that will set yourself up for the day?
Method: Like I don’t need to tell you how to shower, but I can tell you ways in which you can turn it into a meditation. It’s probably worth investing in your favourite shower gel. I feel it helps to remind you that showering can be special.
So as the water falls on you try and take in the sensation on the skin, whilst also taking long calm deep breaths. Each time your mind starts to jump ahead to the future come back to the now, as you go through your cleaning routine feel the awareness of your presence. Water is a great healer. Now as you inhale, fill your being with positivity and as you exhale allow the breath and water to help you to let anything go that doesn’t serve you like negative self-beliefs.
Continue and each time you mind starts to jump ahead to the future come back to the now. You can try adjusting (safely) the water temperature so it gets cooler. Notice how it feels on the skin.
Now why not spice things up by thinking of all the positive things about yourself? Yes nice things, big yourself up! Tell yourself what you are good at and even say thanks to the morning. By the time you have finished showering you have already set yourself up for a brilliant day!
Walking to the station meditation
As you walk towards the station, park, school, etc..try and feel your feet connecting with the ground. Are all four corners pushing down as you walk? Does your weight feel evenly spread? Is your spine long and you breathing balanced. Be fully present, take everything in. The sounds the sites the smells. What does the ground feel like? If your mind starts to drift into a day dream start to name in your head everything that you see. Examples: I see roads, traffic, people, a red phone box etc.. I smell trees, cars, cut grass, rubbish, pollution..what ever it is,name it. The ground feels, soft, hard, flat, bumpy, wet, dry… Just keep going. Try this for a month and see how much more colourful life becomes.See also my article on meditation and also my walking meditation.
Packed transport or busy crowd meditation
Next time someone pushes in front of you on the Underground or you are squashed like a pepper in an olive instead of trying to make yourself small and perhaps hum to yourself your favourite comfort sound tune as time slides like set concrete off a ruler. Instead, try to stop letting it get you down. Resist retreating into the smallest being you possibly can and change your perspective.
Swap shallow breathing for deep. Yes, that horrible public transport air, or busy crowded place may not feel nice but breathe in through the nose to filter it, unhunch those shoulders and stop trying to disappear. The journey is going to end when it is ready, and even if we aren’t that overjoyed with what’s going on, it’s still the present moment. Life is too precious to waste. See the silver lining of possibility as you stop diving for salvation in the future.
Keep slowing the breathing right down try and take in as much as you can. See the humanness of everyone around you.Now as your breath gains power and peace, feel as if the light that you are is shining out into the world. Energetically expand as much as you can so you feel as if your aura is filling up the space, then the town where you live, the country and the planet. There is enough room for everyone to be this big. Go for it, expand and be, all most guaranteed is that you will come to the end of your journey feeling less squashed (even if physically you still are) and also far less stressed.
You can apply meditative presence to everything you do by using your breath and your senses. It may take a bit of practise but it’s best to enjoy the process and not get hung up on being perfect.
Let me know how you get on.
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