Beginning to meditate can be daunting to some people. It sounds all so easy – just sit and quiet your mind. But if you are anything like me, learning to calm that crazy monkey mind is tougher than it sounds. It’s why so many quit trying to meditate so quickly. Their practice ends before it begins. Which almost happened to me too. So if you need a little extra help meditating, why not try a different method? Here are 3 ways to meditate that I’ve seen or experienced working for beginners or just people who have a lot on their minds.
To do a guided meditation, we actually like to use youTube. There are some great resources on there. One we particularly like is The Honest Guys. My daughter listens to a guided meditation by them to help her fall asleep at night. Boho Beautiful also has some great meditations I like to listen to.
If you have listened to a few guided meditations you may have figured out what works for you. In that case, you can always guide your own meditation.
Even if you haven’t, you can picture a scene that relaxes you. Perhaps you are on the beach at twilight, hanging on a hammock between two palm trees. You can close your eyes and listen to the waves peacefully crashing into shore. Or maybe you are camping in your favorite campground. Your sleeping bag is warm and cuddly around you. Close your eyes and listen to the crickets chirping. Think of whatever scene most relaxes you. I try to choose nature scenery. And then experience all of your senses using your mind’s eye. See it. What does it sounds like? Smell like? How does the breeze feel? Can you almost taste the sea air on your tongue?
Find a quiet, calming location. Or somewhere you feel comfortable.
You can experiment with your focus.
Ffocus on the natural rhythms your body creates when walking – your breath or your footfall.
Or use a focus word, such as “courage,” “dream,” or “create.” Say the word, out loud or in your head, with the rhythm of your feet.
When you are coloring, your are completely focused on the task at hand. It helps keep you in the present moments and let go of the other distractions.
It’s a great way to practice focus and mindfulness, if you have a hard time reeling it in.
Do you meditate? What method do you use?