When I hear the word “meditation,” I think of sitting uncomfortably while my thoughts swarm around in my head unbidden, like a rabble of fanciful butterflies.
Don’t get me wrong, I love butterflies but when I’m trying to slow my thoughts and focus? Not so much.
Is it so surprising, then, that the typical form of meditation is one areas of mental wellbeing that I have not exactly explored? I think not.
However, I am the first person who will admit that your mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing are equally important and probably pretty inextricably linked.
I’ve tried the whole set-your-alarm-early-and-meditate-before-getting-up thing, and I inevitably just fall back asleep. #warmandcozyfail
I’ve tried the guided meditation approach, and my thoughts come clamoring through. #busybeesDESIST!!!
Needless to say, the only approach that has seemed to work for me is a sort of moving meditation.
Now, now. Don’t go running for the hills the second you hear/see that word, “meditation.” You’re probably already doing it too without realizing it.
Do I have your attention now?
What are some of the things you do to clear your mind? Do you take a long walk, go for a run, cardio kickbox, bake, cook, sing, play an instrument, wash the car, throw pots, rearrange furniture or clean?
When you do “that thing,” you are so single-mindedly focused that everything else sort of fades away for a bit.
Well, my friends, as I was happy to discover, that too is a form of meditation. (MIND BLOWN… AGAIN!!)
It’s no wonder those things leave me feeling (and hopefully you) so good.
Now, I know that there are many forms of true moving meditation practice such as Tai Chi, yoga, dance and more, so I’m not suggesting that you stick with just your pancake flipping meditation.
I’m proposing that once we accept the fact that we have been meditating in small doses in our own ways, perhaps the idea of trying a “true” meditation practice won’t seem so daunting.
I, for one, am consistently blown away by all of the studies that show the powerful benefits (and power) of meditation. Plus, in the interest of continually striving to better myself and my holistic health, I’m pretty much looking at quieting my mind as the next great frontier.
So, whaddaya say? Shall we make like a Trekkie of sorts and boldly (and peacefully) go where no person has gone before? Inner peace, our next frontier.
Look out, you unruly thoughts — I’m coming for ya. One step at a time.
This is my FAVE part of every post – the point where I get to hear from YOU! What is that “thing” you do when you are stressed and just need to pre-occupy your mind? There was a little joke between my husband and me for a while that if we wanted the house to stay really clean, all he had to do was make me mad! Hehe!