How you can effortlessly meditate in 5 minutes or less
If you read anything at all about spirituality or self-help, you’ve no doubt heard that meditating is a key (and, according to some folks, it’s THE key) to...well...everything related to you achieving peace and serenity.
I believe that meditation is extremely beneficial when you're trying to work through emotional pain and suffering.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m not in any way knocking meditation. I actually love to meditate and sit in silence. So I can personally attest to its ability to bring about much calmness and inner healing.
But guess what? Meditation is not the only way you can live a mindful, conscious, and peaceful life. Before we can fully explore other options to feeling mindful, let's first look at what meditation actually means.
If you ask 10 people to define meditation, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll get 10 different explanations, complete with specific dos and don’ts to meditating.
When I looked up the definition of “meditate,” I found this — “to think deeply or focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.”
That’s pretty vague, which means to me that there's no ONE right way to meditate. In fact, there's no definitive way to even say for sure when you're NOT meditating.
Here's what meditation means to me -- tuning the world out and connecting with your inner intuition.
With that definition in mind, that means many of us do meditate, just not in the traditional sit-cross-legged-and-chant-“ommm” way.
That also means that there are many ways to quiet your mind and access your deep emotions, including:
writing in a journal
reading a book,
taking deep breaths,
doing household chores like washing dishes or vacuuming.
All of these are a form of meditation, in my opinion, because they can involve some kind of inner work where I’m deep in thought. As my husband likes to say, “Meditation without the ‘med’ or the ‘ation’ is IT.” (He thinks he’s a pretty clever guy...I happen to agree — most of the time.)
So I encourage you to view meditation in a similar light. Just do whatever makes you feel calm and in touch with your feelings. Simply give yourself the gift of space for a few minutes each day. If you think a thought, explore it. If you feel an emotion, really FEEL it.
And then you’ll be a master at “meditation” in no time. Who knows, maybe you'll be chanting "oommm" the next time you make the bed?!
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