To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”
Many of us find meditation incredibly difficult. Sitting, breathing… waiting? What is it all for, anyway? We read articles and watch documentaries on the powerful effects of meditation, however, the commitment to sit and meditate can be daunting. I have found some really simple practices that bring me to a meditative state that can be integrated at any moment in time. Whether you are eating dinner, talking with your family, or driving in your car, here are some simple practices to bring you back into the present moment:
1. Take A Walk
My favorite thing to clear my mind is to take a walk. Whether I am traveling in a new city or walking the streets of my hometown that I have seen a thousand times before, walking gives the experience of feeling fully integrated into the environment. Going for a walk increases endorphins, and most importantly, offers an opportunity to become more aware of your surroundings.
2. Notice Your Five Senses
No matter what you are doing right now, you can stop, and take note of your five senses. What are you seeing? Do you notice colors, shapes, or something else? What do you smell? What are you touching? How does it feel? Are you tasting anything? What can you hear? Can you stop what you are thinking, and simply relax into the experience of the five senses?
By putting our awareness on the world around us, it instantly becomes no longer about “me,” and more about our surroundings. By bringing our awareness to our present experience through the body, we can instantly become grounded in the present moment. As we become more focused we are on our own experience, the less space there is for judgment, comparison, or anything of the like.
I find listening to be the most profound of the five senses. When my thoughts are going haywire, when I listen to the world around me, they instantly become silenced. Where we put our attention, energy follows. By putting our attention on the world outside of our minds, our energy follows.
4. Beware of Your Words
How words hold our creative power. When we learn to be impeccable with our word, we can experience how powerful they really are. When what we say, feel, and do are in alignment, we are in great mental health. When I slow down, and really listen to what I am about to say, I am able to speak my truth freely.
Life can be a living meditation, but it takes consistent awareness to return to the present moment. These are simple practices I have personally discovered which help me regain my grounding. In this space of presence, we have access to our greater intelligence and connection in our lives. We are all already what we are looking for if we could only stop to experience it, right here, and right now. For more tips and tools on yoga, meditation, healing and the arts, head over to The Inside World.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Lexi Faith. Lexi teaches Sattva Yoga and Yoga Therapy, meditation, reiki and is an artist based in Bali, Indonesia. She is passionate about guiding women to reconnect to their creative, intuitive nature through coaching, yoga, meditation and the arts, and she offers daily drop in classes and retreats around the world. For more information, one on one sessions, and info on her upcoming retreats, head over to The Inside World.
Hey Lexi, Thanks for this post! I love your tips on being present in the moment. It is something that I often take for granted. I also checked out your website. It seems like you lead an interesting life and have a lot more great tips on meditation to offer, so I signed up for your mailing list and tried out your meditation technique video. I have never tried breathing and pumping my navel like that before. It actually made the 4 minutes pass by pretty quickly. Look forward to your emails. Peace, Miriam
I love this! I completely agree meditation, or mindfulness rather, can be done anywhere. You don’t have to create the perfect environment and sit with your eyes closed to meditate. I love focusing on deep breathing (which can be done at almost any time).
These are all great tools for attention and concentration, not meditation. Often misunderstood, meditation is very specific and is conflated with the beginning stages of mindfulness.
I would reword this as saying, while we all try to meditate we should actually backup and begin with observation, attention and concentration of our daily lives.
great article! I like to focus on the energy inside my body. Just observing the constant difference in energy and observing the different parts of my body. That’s my favourite type of meditation, because I feel very alive and full of energy after doing it.
Anyway, keep up the good work 🙂
I really feel connected with this article. As mentioned, life is a living meditation, and whatever we do in life, if we do it consciously, is meditation. We don’t need any special practice to connect to ourselves. One single inhalation, one single step, that is fully present, is all it takes to bring you here.