How Often Do You Say “I Don’t Have Time To Meditate?”
We’ve read the articles, we’ve watched the videos. We know that the daily practice of mediation has psychological benefits, and probably some physical benefits, since its calming response reduces stress and may also lower blood pressure. But who has the time and patience to sit still for 20 minutes? And for that matter, it’s not easy keeping yourself focused for more than a minute or two. And then there are those who fall asleep - nice to get some rest, but napping is not meditating!
When you imagine someone meditating what do you see? Typically it’s a person in the classical “Lotus” position: sitting with legs crossed, hands open, eyes closed. We’ve all seen photos like that and chances are you’ve done your meditation in the same manner. That’s certainly okay for situations when you aren’t going anywhere and can find a quiet peaceful private place, and you have the time and patience and the ability to maintain concentration and stay focused, with all thoughts put aside; being aware of only your breathing and the mantra you’ve learned to hum.
Another Way: The Portable Meditative Experience
So a lack time and patience may be inhibiting our efforts to meditate daily. But there are other ways to experience the benefits of few minutes of meditation without having to stop, sit and close your eyes. You can actually meditate while walking. Really. And with eyes wide open so there’s no risk.
You can also meditate while you are standing, even on the checkout line at the market or while waiting your turn at the bank. After all, most of us often find ourselves waiting for someone or something.
Before we get into the technique, let’s pause for a moment and consider why frequent if brief meditating is beneficial. In the previous blogs we discussed Mindfulness and why being “in the moment” with deep, conscious breathing helps us be in touch with ourselves and lowers stress. Meditation offers these same benefits as well as helping ideas and insights to emerge from our sub-conscience.
Meditating while walking (or standing or waiting) can give you a “portable meditative experience.” And not just once a day. You can practice walking or standing meditations as often as you want and whenever you need to “lower the level” and get back in touch with yourself.
Here’s How: 3 Simple Steps To Portable Meditation
Here’s what’s happening: if your mind is committed to focusing on your breathing and the distant object, you can’t think about anything else. You are in a meditative state. You’ve stopped worrying; you’ve stopped planning. You are no longer thinking about the conversation you had earlier today or what you will be doing this afternoon. Annoyances disappear.
Just be sure that you are doing both: Being aware of the distant object you’re focusing on, and being aware of each inhale and exhale.
Meditate But Be Careful!
If you are meditating while walking make sure you let your field of vision include anything that might cause you to trip or stumble, without losing sight of the distant tree or object you’ve been focusing on. This may take some practice.
Important: Only practice walking meditation when you are not crossing a street or approaching traffic. It’s also much more effective if you are not being exposed to loud, distracting noises or conversations, so try for being alone if possible, and in quiet places.
Give walking and standing mediation a try - it may take a few efforts before it becomes natural. Use the Contact form to let me and our readers know how it’s working for you. Any suggested alternative approaches to mediation will be most welcome.
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