When we think of meditation we usually think of the more traditional forms, like the pictures we see in books and magazines, someone sitting straight and tall, hands and fingers in some type of configuration (a mudra) resting on the thighs or knees. Eyes closed with a look of peace and contentment on their faces. And you would be correct to a certain extend.
But there are other ways to help us calm our minds. I recently read a definition of meditation in the book Buddhist Boot Camp which I think sums it up. "Meditation is finding calm when the world is not calm". How many times did I stress out even more when I thought I couldn't find the time to meditate? This is where operation meditation plan B comes in.
Take a walk among nature. As you walk really sense the smells and your surroundings. Take off your shoes and feel the sensations of the sand, the grass or even the sidewalk. Goodness, there are over 7,000 nerve endings in our feet that connect to different areas of the body.
Sit by a lake, stream, any body of water and you will find instant calm. Find a wave and watch it as it takes shape, as it builds momentum and then disappears on the shore. Let this remind you that that any craziness that is going on in your life will be like the wave as it comes to shore....soon disappearing.
Ride your bike as you feel a slight breeze on your face. Want a stronger breeze, go faster! Try and match the rhythm of your pedaling to the rhythm of your breath. Find a balance, calm.
When was the last time you sat and watched a sunset, I mean really watched it. Do this while holding hands with someone you love, both in total silence, and just feel the energy move between you, each helping the other to find peace.
Really, really short on time? Close you eyes…and just breathe.
P.S. Join us at Santosha Yoga the 3rd Sunday night of every month (which happens to be tonight) from 7 PM to 8 PM for our free meditation class.