To meditate or not to meditate...?

In a time of increased stress and anxiety, meditation can be a great tool to use to help calm the mind and body. However, some of my Reiki clients tell me that they just can’t sit still, can’t focus, or it’s just ‘not their thing’.

I get it.

Meditation is not for everyone, just like anything else in life. The problem is however, that people often think of ‘meditation’ as of having to sit still for ages, eyes closed, and clearing the mind of all thoughts. There are a lot of misunderstandings about what meditation really is, and how to do it.

Firstly, there are many types of meditation, from loving-kindness, to mindfulness meditation, to breath meditation, to transcendental meditation…the list goes on. Meditation can be done sitting, standing or lying down. You can have your eyes open, closed, or half-way between. You can observe your thoughts passing by, you can focus on the sounds you hear around you, you can chant a mantra, or you can focus on your breath. You could meditate to clear the mind, you could meditate to focus the mind, you could use visualization as a meditation. There is essentially no one way to meditate.

Sometimes I like to carve out specific time to meditate. I will sit down on a cushion, close my eyes, and practice a Reiki meditation, or a breath meditation, or just simply sit in quiet stillness and watch my thoughts pass by.

Other times, I will prefer to use an app; perhaps to listen to relaxing music, or have someone guide me through a gentle meditation. Sometimes the meditations I listen to are hypnotic, and others just put me straight to sleep.

But meditation doesn’t always have to be like this. I like to walk outside along the beach, and every day I’m so grateful to live in such a beautiful part of the world (Elwood, Melbourne!). I watch the waves roll in and out, smell the sea breeze, and enjoy the sun glistening over the water. To me, that is a meditation. It could be the same for you! Or perhaps it could be immersing yourself into cooking or some other activity that you love. There is no ‘right’ way to meditate.

What works for one person, may not work for another, so take the time to find what you enjoy. When you enjoy it, you will most likely to do it more often! Meditation can be wonderful when you find a way to immerse yourself into the peace and calm it can bring.

What type of meditation do you enjoy? If you have any questions about meditation, or how to do it, please contact me here.

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