I love those ‘Life Hacks’ posts where they tell you some easy ways to clean your kitchen floor at the same time as cooking 3 different meals for the members of your family (ok maybe that one doesn’t exist, but it should!). So I thought I would do a quick post about some easy Meditation Hacks for people who CAN’T, WON’T or DON’T know how to meditate.
Why, because meditation is EPIC. It has been proven to have so many benefits to us and yet most people don’t do it because they are too busy or because they have tried it and couldn’t figure out what to do or if it was working.
Here’s the great thing about Meditation; there is no ONE SIZE FITS ALL. Many people are put off meditation because they think it’s too complicated or it’s too woo-woo. But it can be as simple or as complicated as you choose it to be. I always prefer the simple option in all of the techniques that I use, so that is what I do. Do what feels right for you and if that works out for you, stick with it. It doesn’t matter if someone tells you that you are doing it wrong, let them do it their way and you stick to what works for you. As long as you’re doing it, who cares if you are doing it the ‘official’ way?
So here goes…
HACK NO.1 – Find the right time for you.
The easiest way to meditate is at the start or the end of the day, when you are in bed or just about to go to bed. Whichever one you choose will depend on YOUR lifestyle or your preferred time to feel CHILLED. Personally, I don’t like to meditate that much in the morning because I have a 5 year old that insists on coming into the room to ask if it’s breakfast time yet (it’s usually 6am at this point, so the answer is always “no darling, it’s not breakfast time yet – go back to bed” hopefully she cannot tell that it’s through gritted teeth!).
But the night time is another story, I can definitely find 10-30 minutes before I am due to go to bed and I just add it into my bedtime routine, stick a candle on and I’m good to go. I use my bed as my meditation mat and I know that nothing will disturb me. It’s much easier to do it if you know that you won’t have someone call you or walk into the room. Which brings me to Hack No 2…
HACK No.2 - Find the right room or place for you and your lifestyle.
If you cannot find a room where you know that you will not be disturbed (I’m thinking; pets, teenage children, partners or house mates) how about the bathroom? Hopefully you have a lock on the door, so as you are going for a bath or shower, add in 10 – 15 minutes extra to meditate in peace and nobody will ever know.
HACK NO.3 - Zone Out as often as possible.
Now, we’re all adults here, so lets be honest – sometimes when our children tell us about their Christmas wish list (for the 20th time!) we zone out. When our friend moans about their husband /job for the millionth time and yet we know that they are going to do absolutely NOTHING to change the situation, we smile and be the supportive ear that they need to rant to, but lets be honest – we zone out. As we get older, we get even better at being able to zone out without people knowing. I wouldn’t ever want my youngest daughter to think I don’t care about her Christmas List, but do I really need to know about it in August? Nope! I’ll panic about it in mid December like I always do, thanks very much
So, what does being a zone-out expert mean in terms of meditation? Well, here is Hack No.3 – when you are going through your daily routine, there will be lots of ZONE OUT opportunities. Such as commuting, hanging out the washing or doing the washing up (yes, I STILL do not have a dishwasher!), ridiculously boring/pointless business meetings or anything else that doesn’t require your conscious mind to be active.
You’re not going to get the best results doing meditation ONLY this way, but if you add this in as well as doing the previous 2 hacks, you will see results!
How to do it; Think about a positive affirmation and just repeat that phrase over and over. Don’t worry if your mind wanders, it is bound to when there are distractions around, but just come back to your chosen phrase whenever you are ready.
Hack No 4 is especially for those of you (like me) that struggles to quiet an over active mind. Yes, even after YEARS of being fully trained in various healing/personal development techniques, I still have so many thoughts in my head that I sometimes wonder if my head will implode. This is not a great start for meditating, as you need to be ‘quiet’ and that includes your thoughts.
HACK No.4 – Cheat!
But if you know that you are not the SIT STILL AND ‘OMMMM’ kind of gal, you can cheat. I cheat on a regular basis. If I find that my mind is particular active, there is no way that meditation will be possible in the traditional sense, so I use a couple of tricks. Firstly, I have specific music (the kind you would listen to in a salon if you were having a massage/pampering. It doesn’t have to involves whales or pan pipes, but everyone is different so I won’t recommend one – search around and find one that you like and use that one. If you look for Reiki Music, there are some really relaxing ones without too many distractions (animal noises or the sound of the jungle are not good for me! But whatever works for you, use it). Rather than just putting the music on in the background, I find that using headphones can work wonders because it cuts out all other noise from the house. It seems to go straight into your subconscious and really relax you, whereas playing the music just in the room doesn’t have the same effect.
Hack No.5 – Use guided meditations.
Guided Meditations are the ultimate hack for meditations, all you need to do is set the scene (make sure you won’t be disturbed, make sure you are warm/cool enough and are comfortable etc) and listen in to somebody else that has created a guided meditation for you. Perfect! What could be more simple. You may need to do a bit of research because you will find that some of them don’t resonate with you (because their accent is too distracting or because their voice is annoying) but if you take the time to find a good match you will really feel the benefits. You tube has tons of them, so have a look and see which one feels right for you.
I hope these 5 Meditation Hacks will help you to see that meditation can be quick, easy to implement and really beneficial to our health and well being. Just taking a few minutes each day to breathe deeply and quiet the mind (whichever way you choose to do that) will really make you feel differently after 30 days.
What are your favourite Meditation Hacks?
Have you found ways to fit in meditation into your daily life?
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With love, Mel