Meditation is a wonderful - and scientifically proven - habit for a healthy body and mind.
But some people struggle with the time, consistency, focus and technique required to get meditation right.
What most people don't know is, you don't actually need to sit down and close your eyes for hours a day - because there are other far easier ways to get your mind into a meditative state, and enjoy the benefits of this ancient practice.
1. While you walk your dog
As you're walking Fido, rather than thinking about the millions of things you’re procrastinating on, try paying closer attention to your surroundings.
Acknowledge the sounds, the people, the weather. What do you smell? What can you see? What can you hear in the distance? How does your body feel?
By taking a mindful walk, you’re releasing endorphins, which help you increase your happiness level, and even relieve stress and live longer.
2. While you make coffee or tea
Start your morning with deeper focus, clarity and peace by practicing this easy meditative ritual.
As you prepare your favorite cup of tea or coffee, focus your attention on your movements.
Close your eyes and smell the tea, take a sip, savor it. And as you go through the ritual, be consciously aware of your breath.
You can also apply this while you cook your favorite meal or bake.
3. While you do the dishes
Doing dishes or sweeping your floor doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, this is the perfect time for you to connect with yourself and feel grounded.
Focus on your breath, and your body’s sensations.
If you notice your mind wandering, bring yourself back to mindfulness by thinking of the people and things in your life that fill you with joy and gratitude.
4. While you take a shower
Have you ever wondered why your best ideas tend to come while you’re showering?
As scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn explains, “The shower is a place where we can cultivate mindfulness. When we get quiet, when we get still, when we rest, you could say, in awareness, our natural impulse to see connections that we didn't see the moment before is unimpeded."
If you want to take it a bit further, as you shower, you can even imagine achieving your goals, and the feelings that will wash over you as you do.
5. While you listen to your favorite song
Practicing mindfulness or meditation can be as simple as listening to your favorite song - as long as you’re completely focused on your breathing and the feelings that the melody evokes in you.
6. While you ride the bus or sit in your car
Sit comfortably. Take long and deep breaths. Acknowledge the warm sun caressing your face. Appreciate the beautiful city lights or landscape. And let your mind take you on its own journey.
As you now know, the benefits of meditation can be carried into the most mundane activities - helping you appreciate life more, live at a slower pace, adopt new habits, and be happier.
Which one are you trying today?
Let me know in the comment box below :)
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Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.