When I think of meditating, different images come to mind. There’s the yogic position, hands folded in prayer while focusing on breath or chanting, there’s chanting, there’s lying down, listening to sounds. There’s also the formal “assume posture” that I’ve been trained with: seated position, feet flat on the ground, palms open, resting on knees, and eyes closed.
The great thing about meditation is that it’s not only a healing tool, it can be done almost anywhere given the right tools and focus. There is something very special in sitting in a light trance or meditative state for a good hour, but given the way life happens, this doesn’t always occur on a daily basis. To accomodate, I’ve listed 12 ways you can still be mindful and achieve meditative benefits with a minimum 5 minute focus. The caveat? You should be doing these activities in a quiet space, alone, where you don’t need to speak to anyone.
All these ways include some way of either narrowing your focus so that you are in the present moment OR getting to the present moment by letting your mind wander, releasing all the daily “cling-ons” so that you can come back to yourself and be in the present moment. I hope you will find some of them useful! Here goes: