Meditation is the practice of paying attention, on purpose. It is facilitating an internal state and process of stillness, intentional focus, and an observing stance. Intentional focus can be directed toward a sound, breath, a visualization, various other methods. By combining paying attention, on purpose, and allowing and detaching from the natural flow of thoughts, without judgement, we are able to settle into an observing stance that is accompanied by feelings of calm, still, control, choice, and flexibility. This is different than being on "auto-pilot" where we can find ourselves without choice or control, often rigid, critical, and chaotic. Meditation is not a trance, but an active and empowering place of calm and choice.
Who meditates? Who can meditate? Anyone and everyone.
Meditation is not just for Buddhist monks or incense burning hipsters. Meditation is accessible and beneficial to all.
There are no limitations to where meditation practices can occur. The beauty of meditation is that it can be done anywhere.
Some of us have cultivated a long list of things we do to relax: exercise, yoga, socializing with friends, creating art, gardening, cooking, etc. These lists are vital resources to a vibrant life. However, one of the limitations to many of these self-care techniques is that they are not easily done anywhere, anytime- they often take specific environments, conditions, and planning. Imagine you are on a flight and you start to notice a familiar pounding in your chest, shakiness in your breath, and sweaty palms; these sensations might normally be calmed by a jog around the lake, enjoying a quiet cup of tea outside, or a long luxurious bubble bath. Unfortunately, you are 30,000 feet up in the air and might not have your favorite resources at your disposal. What do you have? Your breath and the powerful benefits of meditation.
Before, during, or after stressful events. As part of a morning routine. In correlation with other self-care practices: painting, taking a bath, jogging, etc. At work or home. At night to calm a busy mind.
Your own google searches will yield many, many results.
Alone or in a group. Quiet or not. In nature or with technology. With mala beads or oracle cards.
Peruse the list below (click each button for more info) and/or explore the vast resources available through your own discoveries. Take what sticks, leave what does not.