Well Being | The alternative meditation methods

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Meditation is not for everyone, and especially those that hate the sheer thought of doing absolutely nothing for a set period of time each day. Thankfully, there are alternatives.

The idea of sitting down, getting into the meditation mode and doing nothing but focusing on your breathing is enough to stress some people out.

Meditation, for some, is the ultimate tool for well being. For others, it simply does not work.

However, there are some things you can do to get the benefits of formal meditation practice but without the ‘sitting there and doing nothing’ part.

Alternative Meditation Methods

Listening to music is one favoured option. And that is not just having some radio music in the background. This is sitting down, putting on your favourite music and listening to a number of songs from beginning to end without interruption.

The practice of listening to music properly – that is the melodies, harmonies and rhythms – is a powerful and enjoyable form of meditation.

Drawing has become another popular form of meditation, with colouring books the favoured choice. Why? This activity is used to allow people to enter a more creative, free state with low-stress and anxiety.

Alternatively, you can draw freehand of something or someone you love. This is a reportedly excellent exercise for the mind as it prompts you to highlight only the important parts of the world around you.

Get Moving

Yoga is another good alternative to meditation, while also incredible for flexibility, fitness and strength. Practicing alone in your home is also easy thanks to the number of videos on YouTube.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you could try dancing. To dance properly, we must enter into our body and become one with the music. There is only so long a person can dance before they are forced to become present to the moment.

Eating as a form of meditation sounds quite odd, but the science behind it makes sense. When we meditate, we are doing it with the entirety of our consciousness. When we eat, we tend to just swallow it in a hurry. We rarely just experience and savour each bite.

The next time you are about to tuck into a lovely meal, pay attention to the sensations, the tastes and the smells. This exercise should also heighten your appreciation of food, and for the people that do not have access to such an essential commodity each day.