“Record what’s useful, discard what’s useless, and add what’s yours.” ~ Bruce Lee
The benefits of meditation are far-reaching and have been known for centuries. However, the idea of formal meditation is not well received by some of us.
The idea of sitting cross-legged for a long time and turning inside turns off many of us before we even start. Even the word “meditation” can be a real barrier to entry for some. What a shame, because the many benefits of meditation can be good for all of us.
These advantages can be:
- ON Reduce stress we feel
- A deeper feeling of rest and relaxation in our lives
- Reduced feelings of fear
- A better understanding of what we really think / feel / want
- Less feelings of anger, pain, or restlessness
- Show presence
- Be more satisfied
- A better understanding of who we really are
This little list is just starting to scratch the surface. Meditating can be so powerful.
If it feels right to meditate in a more traditional way for long periods of time, you have all the power – please continue your journey. If you are not, don’t worry, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be.
If you withdraw a little, though meditation is mentioned but still wants to reap some of the rewards. I hope to be able to offer you some ideas that might work for you. But first a little personal thought.
I confess Do not Do you have a formal meditation practice
As someone who writes books and a blog under the umbrella of simplicity and often flips through books and words by Thich Nhat Hanh, Bruce Lee, Sun Tzu and Lao Tzu, you may be surprised to know that I don’t. Look at me as a formal meditation practice.
Maybe a little inappropriate with the trend of our time, gosh morning routine (if I have one at all) has no time to sit cross-legged in a quiet room and think about the universe in general.
Don’t get me wrong, I admire others doing this, but it never really felt right for me. I’ve tried to make it a habit at some point in my life, but it just hasn’t stayed.
To be honest, I think the word “meditation” itself intimidates many of us. We assume that we need a special entry point or expertise to reap the rewards.
All of this said, perhaps paradoxically, I’m also totally excited about the benefits of meditation and I want it to be part of my life. I just think you can use these benefits in other ways. Your formal practice doesn’t have to be formal and you don’t even have to call it “practice”.
This is where the art of meditating without meditation comes into play.
Meditation without meditation in action: my top 6
Here are some of my favorite ways to get the powerful benefits of meditation without feeling like I’m meditating.
Go is my ultimate reset. It blows away the mental cobwebs that can accumulate. It gives new impulses and stimulates a tired mind again. Complex problems that I struggle with can suddenly feel like they collapse on a long, good walk. A new perspective can magically come into view.
I like to go early before the rush and noise of human traffic drown out the birds. Depending on where I am, I like to walk as close to nature as possible (a beautiful park, a beach, a hike over rolling hills). This is as close as I think I can get to a formal meditation practice.
2. Be one with nature and nature
The natural world is a passion for me. Something that breathes life and color into every day if I just take the time to stop and notice what is going on around me. I suddenly find it grounding and uplifting.
nature presents us with a permanent wonderland. It is easy to take this for granted. We can fix this by spending some time being one with nature and reconnecting with the great outdoors. Then we feel much better for it.
Let yourself be surprised by the spider web that shines from the morning dew.
Soak up the rising and setting sun.
Take your time to watch the clouds move above you and let the view inspire you.
Be infinitely impressed by nature’s ability to evolve, adapt and deal with challenges.
Enjoy the new life and renewal offerings every spring by taking the time to stop and notice.
3. Losing myself in music (art)
Some would say this is a scam because you use external stimuli to get a response. I say call it what you want. I have and feel the benefits that people expect from meditation when I get lost in music.
Music is transforming. It can lift our spirits on our darkest days, it can relieve fear when we feel nervous about something, it can change the way we think.
We can use different music at different times to promote our well-being. For me, music is a real joy of life, one of the very last things I want to do without.
However, if music isn’t quite as powerful in your own life, there may be something else. Literature can and does the same thing. Or a beautiful painting or sculpture that really moves us, or even a really great film. All of this can be transforming, life affirming and even life changing as we can apply ourselves.
4. Search for silence
Search for silence may sound like a complete contrast to the previous proposal to listen to music; Maybe it is or not, but this time is necessary for me. This is the time to just let my thoughts drift without expecting too much from anything. Let it go where it goes. We cannot spend enough time here in a results-oriented culture.
To be precise, that’s what meditation is about. For me, it just means that we take the time to get in touch with our own thoughts and find a point of reflection. It cuts out the outside world for a while and tunes us to frequencies. It’s about reconnecting to the signal, next to the noise.
This is the time to turn off the phone, unplug the power cord, and make room for some rest in our time.
Separate yourself a bit from the busy world around us to reconnect with yourself.
No special pillow is required unless you want one, no special seating position is required unless this triggers the condition. Just make a commitment to be mindful and find some rest in your own way.
For me, that means writing and playing the guitar.
Writing in particular is something I spend a lot of time with. I feel better on days and weeks when I take the time to write creatively. Ideas flow freely and come out on the page. I understand thoughts and words and try to communicate as effectively as possible, then I refine them (edit them). When I’m really writing, this creative process can definitely feel meditative.
6. Exercise (calisthenics, yoga and breathing work)
I am a fan and practice calisthenics (I work with body weight as weight). I find this form of training both physically demanding and extremely interesting. I enjoy the raw simplicity.
Learning new moves or practicing worn-out moves to perfect them also has a meditative effect. I am totally in practice and often have to be when the move in question becomes difficult or has a balancing element. Trying to create full body tension for some movements also means that I need to be aware of where my breath is (do I keep it in one place or do I let it flow?).
Yoga is relatively new to me and I have started to accept it, maybe a bit surprising, since my wife is a yoga practitioner and teacher and has encouraged me to do it right for years. Knucklehead that I am, I have finally taken note of it and I have come to really enjoy this time. I now take the time to work on the mat, among other exercises that I do.
Since I am new to yoga poses and teach like various teachers, I have to be absolutely present for yoga. No time to think about what comes after or what just happened; To keep up with the class, I have to listen. On the most beautiful days, this has a calming effect on body and soul.
The breathing work and the constant queues, in which I have to concentrate on the breath, have also made me aware of where I tend (physically and mentally) to be tense.
What is particularly good about this list is that you can use these practices interchangeably and that they can happily coexist at the same time.
I think the label “meditation” scares away as many as it attracts. In busy and distracted times, this is a missed opportunity for all of us to feel the benefits.
If we forget the labels, we only reset a little using the methods described above. The art of meditating without meditating if you want to.
Try it. Summarize these resets regularly and convince yourself of the advantages. Who knows, you may even be open to further experiments in formal meditation practice afterwards. If not, just find your own way. Keep what works for you, discard what doesn’t work, call it what you want, or don’t call it anything.
Note: We are not the author of this content. For the Authentic and complete version,
Check its Original Source