It’s quite interesting. . . many of my posts start that way, don’t they? Well, I do find it interesting that there is so much effort energy around meditation. “I can’t do it, I haven’t done it, I’m doing it wrong.”
What if everybody equated meditating with eating chocolate? “Oh, I had a really rough day. I’m going to go home and treat myself to a meditation.” Or, “Yeah, Bob and I broke up. I’m doing a lot of meditating these days.” Hmmm, has a different flavor, doesn’t it?
Here are some easy peasy lemon squeezy ways to meditate, if you choose to play with them.
- The Ahhh Breath: inhale deeply through your nose, pause, and exhale through your open mouth with the soft sound of Ahhh. Feel your breath release throughout your entire body as you exhale.
- The Gratitude Walk: Go for a walk outdoors. As you walk, connect with the Earth and talk to her. As you step out with your left foot, say or think, “Thank you.” As you step out with your right foot, say or think, “I appreciate you,” or “I love you.” Continue walking mindfully, repeating this mantra with each step, until you are ready to stop.
- The 10 Breath Exercise: Breathe in deeply through your nose, and exhale through your mouth with the sound of Ahhh. Then, just bring your awareness to your breath as you breathe in and out normally for a series of ten breath cycles.
- The “I Am Calm” Mini-Meditation: use the 10-breath exercise above. Each time you inhale, think “I am.” Each time you exhale, think “Calm.”
See? Meditation doesn’t have to be a big deal.
—Thanks to Sonia Choquette, Eve Appleton, and Joan Borysenko for introducing me to these meditation exercises.