|Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to how fitness is an approach to training the body. It enables one to focus on the present moment rather than dwelling on the unchangeable past or uncertain future. Many think that the only form of meditation involves sitting in a lotus pose for an extended period of time, but there are other easy ways to weave mindfulness into your day. |
Here are several ways to incorporate meditation into your daily routine as we begin to kick-off the holiday season:
Move! Let your physical fitness be your moving meditation. At-home yoga, aerobics, and walks around the neighborhood are great exercises for complementing a contemplative life. Connect with your mind, body, and observe your environment with a fresh perspective.
Do your chores intentionally. Insert awareness into everyday activities like cooking or washing dishes. Take note of the warm water running down your hands, or feel the texture of each vegetable as you chop.
Meditate while you travel. While you’re driving, listen to your favorite song or mantra meditation. Invite your family to join to have some peaceful moments together in the car.
Do what you love. Whether it’s hiking, painting, or cooking, immersing yourself in your favorite activity can dissolve your worries. Your stream of thoughts and worry will disappear, making you feel more relaxed.
Utilizing these techniques, even just for a few minutes a day, will help create clarity among the chaos.