Easy Almost-Meditation Techniques For Beginners

Daily meditation can bring huge benefits. It helps cultivate focus, eases stress, and calms the spirit. Unfortunately, an upbringing in the ultra-fast paced post-industrial world has left many of us at a disadvantage when it comes to the discipline required to even begin to practice meditation. The average North American attention span has decreased in recent decades, and now that it is necessary to stare at screens for a good chunk of our day in order to participate in society, our ability to allow our minds to settle is only getting weaker. But with some time and training, it is possible to reverse these effects and experience a more focused, present life. The basis of most practice is the same. Meditation is a stilling of the mind, the achievement of having no thoughts. The constant stimulation we now experience makes achieving even a few seconds of meditation without getting bored and thinking about what we are going to make for dinner a challenge, but there are ways to ease yourself into it. You can start by practising with these four less intense cousins of meditation. These aren’t full-fledged meditation techniques but they can get you started on the right track. Practice with them and soon you will feel ready to move on to the real thing.

5. Musical Meditation

With normal meditation you sit in silence and focus on your breathing or your own mantra until your mind is still. With musical meditation, you sit in music and focus on it. Choose a piece of music that you find pleasant, sit in a comfortable position, breathe deeply, and listen carefully. Since music is a little more involved than simple breathing, it gives an overstimulated brain a little bit more to chew on while learning to be still. Classical music is a good choice because of its many intricacies. Focus on the sound of each individual violin string, feel the air vibrating under the boom of the timpani, listen very closely and you may even hear the breath of the musicians. With so much to pay attention to, you’ll find your brain will soon forget to think about your favourite Netflix show or that work deadline that’s coming up.