You don't need to be completely alone to meditate!
Meditation is a very healthy activity for our body and our mind. It is the possibility of connecting with oneself and relaxing; seeing the positive side to life.
Sometimes on the way to work, we think about negative things or we just go around worrying about everything. That causes our stress to increase and that is detrimental to our productivity.
A very effective and simple trick to change this and feel better is taking a moment to meditate when we are walking or waiting for someone.
Once you learn to meditate while walking, you will consciously notice the small details and your mind will be able to find a calmer rhythm and you will feel better.
Follow your own footsteps
As you begin walking, deliberately put your mind down into your feet. Become aware of the physical movement of your legs.
Switch on your senses
Notice the people passing by; the buildings; the colour of the doorways; look up and check out the sky…be curious!
Tune in to the sounds around you, especially if you like them; birdsong, someone’s cheery whistling, kind words overheard or perhaps even silence. If you don’t notice anything pleasant, play one of your favourite songs in your head and listen to that.
Guard your inner peace
We experience the world and ourselves through our senses. The more attention to the relay of information we’re receiving through them every second, the happier and more connected to our surroundings we become.
Think of your mind as your home. Don't let any old stranger barge into your sanctuary and potentially upset the balance. When being mindful you stand at the front door, check out who’s there, and then decide who comes in. With practice, you can become an expert at only allowing healthy and happy thoughts.
Look for the good
Your mind can get negative: ‘He’s talking too loud!’, ‘I don’t like her outfit!’, ‘It’s cold!’ But you have a choice. Get stressed by the situation, or switch tracks and choose to have thoughts that boost your well-being.
All you need to do is look for the positives during your walk; the blue sky, fresh air on your face, a child’s laugh, someone’s a beautiful smile. It could even be a stylish pair of shoes. Keeping an eye out for beauty is more relaxing than staying caught in the hamster wheel of negativity.
Learn how to meditate with children at home
Living with children at home can be quite difficult. Even during the lockdown, living together has become more problematic, as children are at home all day. Children require a lot of dedication, that's why we spend all our time preparing food for them, helping them with their homework, and paying close attention to the hours of the day when they are awake. Against this background, it is very difficult to think of moments for yourself, where you can relax or even meditate.
For many years, meditation has become one of the most effective tools for staying calm. And, during the lockdown, many people who previously did not meditate chose to do so to relax their minds and reach a more peaceful state.
And, even if there are children at home, we can find a time and space to meditate. According to former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of Headspace, new parents need meditation more than at any other time. These are some of his tips to meditate even when we have children at home.
1. Dedicate 10 minutes a day
We can ask our partner, a relative, or friends to take care of our children for just 10 MINUTES. If we don't have anyone around, we can try while the children sleep. And, even if it is only for those 10 minutes, we will realize that meditation will allow us to rest better and help us to be more productive.
2. Change the chip
One of the great benefits of meditation is that it allows us to live according to our times and activities; it does not intrude on them. Therefore, no matter where we are or what activity we do, we can always find time to dedicate to meditation.
Practice makes us improve our meditation technique more and more. As with the body, better results are achieved if we incorporate practice every day.
4. It is important not to be alone
Mental health also influences our social relationships. If we foster a calm and happy mind that will surely translate into bonds with our family, friends, and co-workers.
5. Encourage children to join
It is very beneficial to share meditation with your children since the little ones learn very quickly, they are less complicated and with less emotional baggage. In addition, it is a great time to share with the family.