6 Surprisingly Soothing Tools to Take Your Active Meditation to the Next Level
Meditation does not come easily all the time. I enjoy the process of sitting still and acknowledging my thoughts before letting them float away, but I don’t always make time for mindfulness. As a result, I tend to look for other methods of incorporating mindfulness practice into my regular activities. Cleaning works when I’m not too lazy to do it, cooking is too actively engaging for me to turn off my mind; and washing my face during my morning and evening routines is relaxing but I can’t turn to my face wash whenever I need a moment to chill.
Reaching a meditative state can be done with any task that allows you to focus on one thing in the present; be it exercising, making breakfast, or filling in a gratitude journal. “In order for meditation to be truly effective, we need to be willing to set aside our other activities for a few minutes to truly feel what it’s like to inhabit our bodies and rest with our breath — without doing anything else,” meditation expert Adreanna Limbach told Byrdie. “What makes any activity meditative is that it taps into our capacity for mindfulness.”
Here are six meditative activities designed to help you create some space to breathe: