Here Are 5 Mindful Practices To Try If Meditation Is Not Your Cup Of Tea

by Conscious Reminder

Nowadays, we are all busy with a lot of commitments, tasks, responsibilities, and priorities, which seem like they don’t have an end.

The incredible speed with which technology develops and urban life’s rushed pace create a huge storm. From this, we can conclude that we are now more productive, but also more stressed than ever.

Every day, our mind entertains 50,000 thoughts. Such thoughts constantly change from positive to negative.

When we are doing a lot of things at the same time, noting will be done well. Our mind will not want us to relax or meditate; it is always going to choose to predict and plan, worry and wonder, deny or approve, analyze or project. For those of us that cannot sit still, meditation can be hard.

However, here are the five excellent hobbies which we can take up in order to calm down our restless mind:

Dancing

We should practice and learn some type of dance, such as ballet, salsa, or even bachata. We can even partake in freestyle dance on our favorite music.

Moving our body while dancing will be liberation for our mind and heart, and it will also be a perfect exercise for our body and soul. We can dance like others don’t watch us. We can dance in public or in private. Dance is a new type of meditation.

Making music

Nowadays, sound healing represents a widespread practice, and there is a good reason behind that. Playing instruments such as Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, drums, or maracas, will be energizing and soothing for us on days during which we need some balance and rest.

The chimes create a feeling of stillness and peace and are an excellent tool for the so-called sound meditation, as they usually sound like “Aum,” a universal syllable.

Forest bathing

In fact, for those of us that are full of energies, bike ride or going on long hikes in nature may be an excellent form of meditation in motion. Forest bathing represents a really beneficial thing.

Spending some time in the forest, surrounded by trees, birds, and fresh air will do wonders for our overall health. We can take a walk, run, or go on a picnic, but leave our phone at our home, or we can simply put it in silent mode. We should spend some time away from city stresses and screens.

Handicrafts

Another wonderful way in which we can train our mind is to learn to crochet, knit, or also make macramé. It includes sitting, but we will learn new skills which will be good for our brain, and which were proven to be helpful in preventing dementia.

We can find someone that can teach us, or we can also watch videos on YouTube. The repetitive motions included in crafting require our brain to better focus on movements.

Motion meditation

We should move our body in an intuitive, rhythmic way, together with our breath. Arts such as yoga, tai chi, and qigong will help us in increasing our collaboration, flexibility, balance, strength, and grace – mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

We should try different techniques and find different teachers unless we find what truly resonates with us. When we finally like a particular technique, we can develop a practice at home.

With integrating any of these activities into our life, we can relax and calm our wild mind.

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