How to cheat at meditation and get away with it
Meditation can seem pretty granola. And to some lovely ladies, it can seem far more difficult than pouring a glass of wine or reaching for the remote. Now trust me, I totally believe that wine and reality television have their place. A chilled Muscato with an episode of “Survivior” does my soul a world of good every single Wednesday. However relaxing I find that intoxicating combination, I have yet to read the stats that show their being quite as effective in lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, strengthening immunity or increasing creativity as a few minutes a day spent in mediation.
Can’t stand the thought of sitting like a human Wetzel’s Pretzel, sniffing incense and chanting like an over enthusiastic high school cheerleader? Okay. I get it. But, hear me out for a moment. There are plenty of ways to cheat at meditation and totally get away with it.
Here are a few tactics to get you started rocking the way of mediation, easily and painlessly, but with all the benefits:
Self Hypnosis: I have found self hypnosis recordings to be an exceptionally easy way to ease into meditation benefits. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t trust my brain to just anyone. I have to feel really confident with the hypnotherapist or recordings. The recordings are great to do during a lunch break or as you fall asleep at night. I have found Mindvalley’s app, Omvana, to have a great array of self hypnosis meditations. Although the app is free, most of the meditations are not. However, you can choose those that really speak to you, be it increasing creativity, losing weight, getting a better night’s sleep or finding love.
21-day Challenges: These challenges are among my favorite meditation goodies. Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra host some fantastic challenges throughout the year. The theme of the one just finishing up had to do with finding your flow. Recently, Adrianna Huffington of the Huffington Post hosted one about living fearlessly. The process couldn’t be easier. Typically, you receive an email each morning with that day’s focus and the link to audio meditation.
Timer: This may be the most organic of the cheats. Decide on a manageable amount of time for you. It might be that you start with five minutes and work your way up. You can set your alarm, use a stopwatch or download a mediation timing app. Now, get comfortable, close your eyes and clear your mind. For some of us, it’s easier said than done. Just do your best and strive to make the sessions a bit longer as you’re ready. This is about relaxing and seeking answers within; it’s not about putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.
Apps: I use apps for just about everything, from tracking my Aunt Flo to finding the best happy hour in the town. If they can book our hotel rooms and send our tweets, of course they can help us find inner peace. I use Omvana by Mindvalley most often, but I also recommend GPS for the Soul by the Huffington Post. GPS for the Soul is great for those who want to meditate, but struggle with the actual implementation. It starts off by prompting you to monitor your emotional state by measuring your pulse with the built in sensor. It then assesses and leads you to your guided meditation choices with breathing pacers. With one, two and five minute guides, you’re good to go, even on a quick bathroom break or as you throw your exhausted self in bed at night. There’s also a social component if you’re looking to share or are seeking support.
Meditation by Action: Meditation by action is a great method to find your zen. It’s all about losing yourself and clearing your mind. Some of you might do this by running, painting or playing guitar. Others might be interested in seeing how a long, warm passionate kiss works out.
Whatever your methodology, seek to clear your mind, shake off those stresses and connect with that sparkly core of yours. Until next time, smiles to you. Now go and rock your zen.