Meditation is one of the things that’s often mentioned as a way to help you relax and generally unwind. The trouble is, there are just so many different ways of meditating – and some of them can be quite complex – that it’s not unheard of for people to stress about which type of meditation to use. Which kind of defeats the object! So here are some simple meditation tips that anyone can use almost straight away.
1. Breathing meditation
This can be really simple or it can be quite complicated. One breathing meditation I did a while back actually left me exhausted but there are ways that you can do a breathing meditation that are simple for anyone to do.
At its simplest, a breathing meditation just gets you to take long, deep, breaths in and then exhale. Some techniques involve you holding your breath in for a handful of seconds.
You can do that yourself – any time, any place.
Just concentrate on your breathing: consciously inhale, consciously exhale. You may feel slightly self conscious the first few times you do this – mainly because your mind tells you that everyone else is watching you – but that soon passes.
You can also move on to pre-recorded breathing meditations. There are lots of these on the web including quite a few on Amazon so you don’t need to spend a fortune to give this a try.
2. Walking meditation
Another super-easy way to meditate.
Most people walk places (although if you’re not that mobile, you could use the same ideas however you get around).
All you need to do to turn that into a walking meditation is be conscious of what you’re doing.
That means taking the time to notice what you’re walking past rather than totally ignoring almost everything you’re moving past.
When I’ve done this before on a route that I’ve taken maybe daily for years, I’ve been amazed at how many new things I’ve noticed. Maybe the colour of one of the buildings, maybe the shape of a chimney stack, maybe the plants in the garden.
Lots of different things where I find myself asking myself why I’ve never noticed them before.
And the answer is that I wasn’t taking the time out to notice.
So the next time you walk somewhere – anywhere – do it with a purpose and a sense of adventure. And be prepared to be amazed at the things you notice!
3. Binaural beats meditation
This is a another really easy way to meditate.
You download an MP3 and play it – maybe on headphones, maybe through speakers.
The binaural beats are kind-of complicated things and I could go into a lot of technical detail about how and why they work.
But the short answer is that they work.
They do this by adjusting the frequency that your brain is operating at so that it shifts to the same frequency state that it takes a Zen monk years to even get close to.
Cheating? No more so than driving or flying rather than walking or riding on horseback.
It’s using modern technology for a useful purpose and makes meditating as easy as listening to the radio.