Maybe the title of this post should be ‘Why I Don’t Meditate in The Traditional Sense’!
More and more people are praising and highlighting the benefits of meditation and quite rightly so. Not only does it benefit emotional health but mental health too. The benefits have shown to be everything from improving sleep, reducing stress and possibly helping reduce age-related memory loss (read more in this article.)
One of the reasons I have wanted to establish a meditation routine was to help my mental health, particularly my anxiety.
And I have tried to meditate the traditional way, believe me I have tried! However, what I found was I was getting anxious whilst trying to meditate because my mind kept wandering then I’d be anxious I was doing it wrong, which in turn made me anxious that I was doing yet another thing wrong (got to love my mind throwing in a bit of over generalisation!).
So I gave up trying to meditate the traditional way and found something that worked for me.
To some degree yoga helps me a lot as I’m so caught up concentrating on my breathing AND the pose that it doesn’t give my mind a chance to start wandering or throwing an anxious thought into the mix. However what I have found best for me is running.
With running I’m so focused on my breathing and concentrating on my speed plus the scenery and trying not to fall over. I don’t have time to think of other stuff which would normally flood my mind when trying traditional meditation.
So as you can see I don’t meditate…in the traditional sense.
But I have found something that works for me.
So, if you’re like me and struggle to meditate the traditional way, find something that works for YOU, you know yourself best.
Running for me has helped my mental health immensely and I’ve only been doing it a few months.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Do you meditate? What works for you?
Health & happiness