When you think of meditation, you probably think of sitting down in a cross-legged position, with your hands are doing some sort of funky symbol. Am I right?
Well, there are actually many ways to meditate. I like to call them mindful practices. While it is great to do the widely known basic version of meditation, it’s nice to mix it up. This is especially true for those of us who can’t always sit still.
Here are quite a some different ways to be mindful.
Guided meditations are provided by an outside source and the listener meditates along with the audio. These meditations can include soft music guiding your mind to a specific place that you create or helping you focus on your breath and sitting within yourself.
These types of meditations are great for beginners but you can still use them throughout your practice. You can find guided meditations anywhere: Podcasts, Spotify playlists, YouTube, and meditation apps.
Walking meditations are a way to fit mindfulness into your routine. It’s a wonderful option for those who aren’t keen on sitting still to meditate. It’s best done outside with nature where you can focus on your breath and the sounds around you. Of course you can also add calming instrumental music while walking.
There are even guided meditations or specific breathing exercises for walking meditations!
This type of meditation uses rhythm and music to connect you to the present moment while bringing awareness to your body. Movement meditation is great for releasing tension and uplifting your energy.
Because dance/movement meditation is all about allowing the body to move around to rhythm and sound, it can allow you to move your body without caring about what it looks like. It grants you the ability to move freely in a non-judgmental environment.
You don’t need to be guided or join a class with movement meditation; you can simply do it at home in your own space by yourself. There are movement playlists on YouTtube and Spotify that you can turn on and let loose.
This one is aAll about focusing on your breath. It’s an easy starting point for those who are interested in meditation. Breathwork helps you relieve stress and it can be used anywhere at any time.
I have found breathwork to be extremely helpful for when triggers or cravings arise. Simply by closing your eyes, focusing on your breath, and taking a moment to be completely present in your body and mind, the triggers and cravings can pass.
Tai Chi is also called “Meditation in Motion”. It’s an internal Chinese martial art that’s practiced for defense training but also for its health benefits and meditation. There are different styles of Tai Chi, but they all teach you to focus the mind on movements of the body, bringing about a state of calm. It also has various health benefits like stress management, enhancing the quality of sleep, helping to lower blood pressure, improving joint pain, and more.
If you want to start incorporating Tai Chi into your daily mindfulness practices, here is a wonderful article. Make sure to thoroughly learn about the practice and it’s culture –. it’s so much more than a mindful movement practice!
So you see, there are many different ways to meditate. There is no wrong way. If it feels right to you, then it is.