Advertising
Advertising

6 Alternative Forms of Meditation for People Who Hate Doing Nothing

6 Alternative Forms of Meditation for People Who Hate Doing Nothing

People have been meditating for thousands of years and for the most part it’s been practiced by monks, disciples of spirituality, and hippies. Over the last decade, however, meditation has been gaining a new fan base: scientists.

Meditation has been rigorously studied by the scientific community and the findings of these studies has alarmed everyone. Meditation, it turns out, really works. It doesn’t just help significantly with depression and anxiety, it’s also been shown to help with anti-aging, fighting infections, and even combating feelings of loneliness!

However, if you’re like me, the mere thought of doing nothing for 20 minutes stresses me out more than any amount of meditation could redeem.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of the 6 best alternative forms of meditation for the fidgeters, workaholics, ADD’ers, and multi-taskers of the world who want to get the benefits of formal meditation practice but without the ‘doing nothing’ part.

Advertising

1. Listen to Music

girl listening to music

    When was the last time you heard some music? If you’re like most people: probably within the last 24 hours. Now for the trick question… when was the last time you actually listened to music – really listened?  When was the last time you closed your eyes and listened to an album properly from beginning to end with no interruptions? If you’re like most people… you probably can’t remember.

    Meditation gets you out of your head and into the present moment by inviting you to pay attention to your sense perceptions (sight, sound, touch, etc) with 100% focus. Listening to music properly, soaking in the melodies, the harmonies, the rhythms and the timbres is a powerful and enjoyable form of meditation. Get an album you’ve wanted to listen to for some time and listen to it… really listen.

    2. Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

    Advertising

    two women dancing

      Dancing is the natural and optional progression from listening to music. Tribal societies have used percussive music and dance as a spiritual practice since the dawn of humanity. We’ve all had the horrible feeling of dancing while being stuck up in our head, over thinking, self-conscious and paranoid about how we look.

      In order to dance properly, we must enter into our body and become one with the music. Dancing is a fantastic form of meditation and peak experience because there’s only so long a person can dance before they’re forced to become present to the moment. Go out and dance or do it at home on your own. Let go of your self image, have fun and be silly. Why not?

      3. Draw From Observation

      medium_9737141434

        The better you see, the better you’re able to draw. Now I’m not talking about 20/20 vision, I’m talking about your ability to notice and observe the world around you. Most of us don’t know if we have roman numerals on our watches or numbers, let alone the eye colors of our own families. By drawing, you’ll be using your sight perception to get out of your head and into the moment.

        Advertising

        Some of the greatest minds in history (Da Vinci, Goethe) were avid drawers. It’s a fantastic exercise for the mind because it prompts you to highlight only the important parts of the world around you. Don’t worry about the quality, it’s the process that counts. Pick a person you’re fond of and draw their face. You’ll feel much closer and compassionate towards them and maybe afterwards, towards yourself.

        4. Practice Yoga

        woman doing yoga

          Not only is yoga incredible for flexibility, fitness and strength, it’s also one of the oldest and most potent forms of meditation. You’ll be combining various movements with coordinated breathing to help you focus on your inner body. Start by watching yoga videos on YouYube, there’s hundreds to choose from – and practice them a few times a week. Don’t get caught up with all the bells and whistles, yoga is about feeling connected to the earth and your inner body. Last time I checked, that didn’t cost anything.

          5. Eat Properly

          Advertising

          man eating

            In our hectic world, we’re all about getting to our destination. Eating is no different. Meditation is all about finding something and doing it with the entirety of your consciousness. But today, we no longer eat; we just swallow food in front of the TV. Rarely do we just experience and savour each bite for what it is. Rarely do we feel the texture, the sweetness and the temperature and show gratitude for the amazing variety of good tasting foods we have access too.

            The next time you eat… just eat. Pay attention to the sensations, the tastes and the smells. Take each bite at a time and savour each mouthful. To some unfortunate people in the world, the food we shovel daily down our gullets would seem like 5 star cuisine. Bear this in mind the next time you eat.

            6. Do Household Chores

            person hoovering floor

               

              If you haven’t realized yet, nearly anything can be turned into a meditative practice as long as you make the decision to leave your head and experience the world through your senses. Television, video games and reading don’t count as meditation because they just replace our own thoughts with more stimulating ones.

              This is why household chores are an excellent form of meditation. Your mind will desperately try and take over and put you up in your head to keep you entertained and stimulated. Resist the pull and focus on the task at hand. If you vacuuming, then vacuum, if you’re washing dishes, wash dishes. Presence can be brought into nearly every aspect of our lives from damaged relationships to unsatisfactory work and you’ll get the same benefits of formal meditation practice. Wax on, wax off…

              More by this author

              quick learners like da Vinci 10 Ways to Be a Quick Learner Like Leonardo Da Vinci Modern tech in classic movies, iPad from 2001 a space odyssey 20 Prophecies Of Modern Technology In Classic Movies how to prevent depression naturally 5 Great Ways To Prevent Depression Naturally rocky training scene 10 Fitness Excuses You Need to Stop Making Now This Stunning Animated Short Shows How Some Things Are Especially Beautiful As They Don’t Last Forever

              Trending in Health

              1 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits) 2 Good Sleep Habits You Need (And Bad Ones to Avoid) for Energy 3 How to Eat Your Way to a Great Physique With Chocolate 4 The Importance of Sleep Cycles (and Tips to Improve Yours) 5 7 Signs of a Thyroid Problem That You Should Not Ignore

              Read Next

              Advertising
              Advertising
              Advertising

              Last Updated on February 11, 2021

              The 20 Most Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You

              The 20 Most Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You

              Instagram allows you to see exactly what inspires people and how creativity is drawn from their everyday life. We use Instagram to capture what makes us smile, what brings joy to our life, and what we are passionate about, and the accounts listed below are sure to inspire you in turn.

              Here are our 20 top creative Instagram accounts that you should be following today.

              1. Humans Of New York

              Brandon Stanton walks the streets of New York City taking street photography, and he gets his subjects to open up about life details that even many family members may not know about them. It makes you smile and connect with the images at a new level.

               2.  Paris in Four Months

              Carin Olsson moved to Paris and is documenting every part of her experience, from the macaroons to the Eiffel Tower with all of its shimmering lights. If you want to go to Paris but can’t get there today, Carin will take you.

              3. Civilized Caveman Cooking

              George Bryant offers up more than his love for cooking Paleo cuisine as he shares more about life, joy, and happiness. His coined hashtag is #hugsandbacon.

              4. Andrew Knapp

              Andrew has taken the world by storm with his adorable version of Where’s Waldo? His version is Find Momo, and stars his border collie.

              Advertising

              5. Idafrosk

              Ida Skivenes has developed a knack for food art. From the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Strawberry Fields Forever, she has recreated it all with food.

              6. GrandmaBetty33

              Grandma Betty is fighting cancer and is inspiring others to smile and be happy in life. She brings a smile to your face instantly and is like having your grandma right beside you.

              7. Maya_on_the_Move

              Tania Ahsan captures the world of her cute bulldog, Maya, on her adventures in New York. Maya makes appearances that will make you smile, laugh, and inspire you to go out and create something special.

              Advertising

              8. Leoleoparis

              Leo captures the life on the streets of Paris. Most of his work is done in black and white, offering that iconic Parisian look.

              9. Jacob Santiago

              Jacob Santiago creates stunning, vibrant images around New York City, showcasing the architecture and streets. I’m sure you haven’t seen the streets of NYC like this before.

              10. Julie’s Kitchen

              Julie Lee showcases how everyday produce can create colorful art designs. At first glance, you think it is just a design; then, a second take illustrates that it is really fruits and vegetables.

              11. iloveplaymo

              iloveplaymo brings together photography and Playmobil toys in action. The images are up to date with current world events and everyday life.

              12. “Red” Hong Yi

              Red Hong Yi loves to paint without a paintbrush. Her style uses daily items to create lovely images.

              Advertising

              13. Alexis Diaz

              A breathtaking artist from Puerto Rico who loves to paint murals. Alexis’s work is featured all over the world.

              14. Murad Osmann

              Murad Osmann is a music video producer, but his claim to fame on Instagram has been his photographs with his girlfriend leading him by her hand.

              15. Simone Bramate

              Simone Bramate is a storyteller who just so happens to take delightful photos as well.

              16. Willie Kessel

              Willie Kessel brings beach life right to your smartphone. Amazing surf and lifestyle images that take your mind off of all of the work and stress in your life.

              Advertising

              17. Nick Ulivieri

              Nick Ulivieri is a talented photographer who loves to capture the windy city of Chicago and skies, especially during storms. His images are gorgeous and make you realize how wonderful life really is.

              18. Jo Jerry

              Jo Jerry’s landscape photos around Santorini, Greece, make you want to book a flight immediately. The bright colors and simplicity in the images make his photos stand out from the rest.

              19. GoPro

              GoPro uses fan-sourced images on their account that are all captured with a GoPro. Creativity to the max is used in these images and range from the grocery store to incredible surf.

              20. Vin Farrell

              Vin Farrell is a creative who works on the agency side for large clients and has a knack for photography. His iPhone captures amazing aerial images around NYC and the world.

              Featured photo credit: Andy via flickr.com

              Read Next