Thursday, 4 December 2014

Three Ways to Meditate Anywhere...

As I write, the holiday season is fast approaching. In other words, just the time when various kinds of stress can make it hardest to meditate, and yet that very stress makes meditation the best idea in town.

Watercolour Mandala Snowflake Design
So it seems like a great time to share three ways you can meditate anywhere (yes, even if there are other people in the room and you can't get any privacy). But bear in mid they'll work at any time of the year and whenever you need to get into a more meditative state. And the best part? They're all easy, quick and free.

Technique One: Concentrate on Your Breathing

Yes, the old ones are (sometimes the best). But let's face it, however stressful things get, you should at least always still be breathing... To carry this out, just focus on your breath however it is for you, as it enters, passes through and leaves your body, for as long as it takes to feel more relaxed.

Tip: This can be done in a crowded room just by falling silent for a while. But  appearing to doze off (which is often fairly easy after big family-type meals...) also works well.

Technique Two:  Focus on something you appreciate

This could be a person you love, or any element in the room, such a pretty flower or candle. Even something as simple as winter berries in a bowl are likely to be enough, if you enjoy looking at them. Flickering firelight can also work well, if available.
Picture of red  Christmassy berries 
Tip: This meditation technique does work if you focus on an animal, but be prepared to hold the feeling internally only if your beloved pet wanders off...

Technique Three: Focus on the "space between," physical people and objects

This is the quickest and easiest of all to carry out. The best way to explain it is by example.
Painting by BoundingSquirrel

Suppose you were originally looking at this seabird, for instance. To carry out this meditationon technique, you'd focus on the sky, not the bird.

Tip: If you do any kind of art, you might already be familar with this idea, as essentially, you place your attention on "negative space" instead of defined people or objects).

Focusing on the "space between",  may seem simple, but it has heritage too, having originally been (if my understanding is correct) a Native American practice.

So there you have it. Three simple ways to feel calmer that don't even need your tech to work. But take care. You may end up enjoying them so much that they become an easy and natural part of your day all year round...

If you already have a favourite way of keeping meditation going during the holiday season (or any gathering) please do let us know in the comments!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Meditation Survey-Which Meditation Option Do *You* Prefer...?

Are nature sounds your preference, meditation music, or something else?
If you've got a minute, I need your help, please.

In order to make the next meditations as useful to you as they can possibly be, I need to know exactly what you like to hear in the background.

To do this, I've set up a single question survey, below.

If you could answer/share it, I'd be so, so grateful :-)

And then we'll both know that you'll get the very best meditations from this process.

Thanks so much for any help you're able to give!

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Sleep Meditation Experiment: Does this Track Help You Feel Sleepy, Or Not?

This sleep meditation experiment is one of the many things I've been working on during this blog's hiatus. So, with apologies for such a long break, I now present a free meditation you can stream.
Update: 08/08/2014: The background music (without a voiceover) is my track, "Meditation Music: Ocean Lullaby" and is available to buy at:

CDBaby, Amazon and ITunes.
And you're also free  use "Meditation Music: Ocean Lullaby" in any of your own YouTube or creative projects: it's licensed for synching via CDBaby and Rumblefish. (If you use it like that, you don't have to let me know, but I'd love it if you did, as I may be able to cross-promote your project too).
So back to the matter in hand-the meditation...

Please note, that though my intention is that it helps you to feel sleepy, this is still at the experimental stage, so I really need your feedback on that, whatever it is. (If it doesn't make the vast majority of listeners feel really, really, sleepy, I won't be taking this any further).

So, this comes with no guarantees (and without a callback too as it's designed for sleep). Please use it wisely, and only when you can give it your full attention.

Other than that, please enjoy this, and please *do* let me know what you think of this meditation, which is very much a "work in progress".

Many thanks!