We all have various meditation techniques, from sitting quietly, to running. After having a chat on the wall this morning, I thought hmmmmmm, let's have a look at this.

The Classic...

This seems to be many people's idea  of meditation...just chilling into a quiet place. For others they can go very deeply into that space and we often hear of someone 'finding themselves'. Has that happened to you? What does it mean to you?

I have a 'place' to go to when I can get the opportunity to meditate well, and am safe and secure. A mental environment, with walls and doors and people. Occasionally, I take myself there before sleep and drift off to The Land of Nod.

These days ~ family situations have speeded up my thought processes to a buzzy place at times ~ many demands and my meditations have taken on new forms.

Do you find this? What do you do to Meditate?

Handi~crafts.

Ok, this has always been a favourite relaxation method for me. Anything that helps you deal with stress is a type of self help therapy. Drawing, painting, sewing ~ all of that. Practical, often methodical and repetitive. I sit with an elderly lady who has a form of dementia, she can be extremely chatty in a confused, makes no sense, disjointed - and unaware of you, but knows if you're not listening way, and will hit you with a barrage of questions and, believe me, you want to catch those times. To communicate and laugh with her. So, knitting helps me to do that...one ear on her, one eye on my handicraft..in a bubble and relaxed. If not, it wouldn't be possible to take the lady out of the confusion.

What do you do?

Physical

My daughter in law spends most of her free time at the gym. That's her meditation/ me time. She uses music via headphones and goes off to her special place. It relaxes her and let's her deal with every day life. Gets the stress out.

I used to go to the gym, but lost the financial means and then the time was swallowed up due to a family situation, so I know walk. When you walk for meditation, you HAVE got to be in a safe environment.  Safe from passers by, traffic and other obstacles. A sports track, while wearing headphones with music on would suit me, personally. But I walk main 'drags' as we call them over here. Sing too...lol..not so good.

Yoga is a very popular method..

Anyone here into that? I've heard amazing things...

Some find cleaning their home a form of meditation...I have to have music for that, but it turns into something else..

Does this work for you? How?

Environment.

This is the most important part of meditation for me. It makes it breaks it. I would rather sit under a tree somewhere and zone out..not possible as here, I wouldn't feel Safe, so its the sofa.  And I am safe and secure ~ so I can zone out.

Your turn.....

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I find when I can't settle my mind anyway else, I can always, or almost always read.  I can immerse myself in a good book and that's it, I'm gone.

Music works for me too, if I put it on LOUDLY, I can tune out everything else, I clean and just concentrate on the music.  Almost any music will do, but classical or opera does it best.  If I put on disco there's a chance I'll end up dancing around too.

     

I've had people tell me this is wrong you have to have at least two hours or more and be completely relaxed and silent.  They were young, had no families, I tried not to laugh.  I told them as you get older and have a husband/wife and kids you don't always have a couple of hours to just relax.  Sometimes a few minutes in the loo is all you can manage. 

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Don't even get me started on dogs, kids & husbands . 

Who knew you could find so many pictures.

It's obviously a common theme with furbabies & kids :-)

I read my Discovery magazines while listening to my music to always put me in a good state of mind.  I agree with you Linda.

The singing bowls are expensive so it is nice to go to these workshops for $10.00 for two hours. They vibrate right through your chakras

I like to use headphones for those.  I miss the underlying layers otherwise, and that's the best place for me to connect.

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