If you find it challenging to get up early to do your morning meditation, or just couldn’t be bothered later in the evening because you’re too buggered, then this might help. Regardless of how crazy your day gets, there’s always an opportunity to do your meditation while on-the-go.
How To Do Meditation On The Go
After practicing both passive and active meditations over the years I’ve come to love being able to apply meditation to almost anything and everything that I do. It’s helped me to stay centered and calm even in the most tedious of tasks or most stressful of circumstances.
Here are some of my all-time favorite times and places to meditate to help keep your mind clear and your energy levels high.
1. Brushing Your Teeth
If you haven’t yet tried meditating while brushing your teeth then your in for a treat. Instead of brushing your teeth on autopilot you can easily bring a little mindfulness to it so that it becomes a meditation for you.
The way it works is to keep your attention focused on the feeling of the bristles of the toothbrush moving over your gums and teeth. Anytime you notice your mind wandering, just bring your attention back to feeling the sensation of the toothbrush in your mouth.
2. Driving Your Car
This may sound a bit strange that you can meditate while driving your car but actually it’s quite natural. It’s also quite easy to drive on autopilot as can be experienced when you hop in your car to go somewhere and then find you’ve arrived at your destination without really consciously recalling the drive.
One of the ways to be more mindful while driving is to switch off your stereo so that you can pay more attention to your body. Notice any tension in your body such as in your jaw, or the way you are holding the steering wheel, and then let them relax.
Then as you drive also be more aware of the traffic and environment around you. Let your awareness expand in all directions including the front, rear and sides so that you are in-tune with what’s going on. Any time your mind wanders just bring your attention back to feeling your hands holding the steering wheel and keeping your grip firm but relaxed.
3. Doing Housework
Whether you are cleaning dishes, tidying up a room, or taking out trash, everything around the home can be done with more mindfulness. The way it works is quite simple. Before you start any housework take a moment to look at the way things are without any judgment. If the floor is littered with clutter, then just notice the shapes, colors and sizes of each object.
At the same time notice any thoughts or feelings that arise to do with what you are looking at and just let them come and go without getting caught up in them. Then, take a moment to center yourself with a few slow, deep breaths and start out slowly on your task at hand.
Notice how your body is moving, the rise and fall of your breath, what you are doing with your hands and feet, and how each object feels as you touch it and then put it away where it needs to go. Then notice the absence of the object in the room (or how clean the dish is if you just cleaned one), and notice how it feels to be making space in your home.
When you’re completely finished with your task, then look at the transformation that you have created in the space around you and notice how you feel about it. It’s highly likely that you will notice that you feel calm, refreshed and energized, instead of drained by something you were judging the whole way through.
The simple rule of thumb for turning any activity into a meditative experience is to be more present to what you are doing. Instead of rushing from one thing to the next never really taking the time to enjoy what you are doing is a recipe for both burnout and feeling unfulfilled in your life. Slow down, be present and enjoy the journey as then your life will feel so much more inspiring.
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