Meditation in Action
Category : Calming the Mind
What is meditation in action? The past preconceptions of meditation have been stillness and silence. It is envisioned as someone sitting Indian style on the floor chanting a mantra. While this is highly effective and recommended to those who wish to start a meditation practice, but there are more things you can do on a daily basis. So how do you meditate while being active?
I used to get up in the morning and settle into my regular routine. Before I knew it I was out the door to work, but could hardly remember any of the steps that got me to that point. Why? Because my life had become a subconscious routine. As soon as I woke up in the morning, I would start doing tasks in a certain order in the same way every day. It got to the point where I would never have to think about what I was doing, and therefore would not remember many of the steps I took.
While this can be effective as a means to focus on the day ahead without bothering yourself with mundane things, it can cause your brain to become too scattered too early in the day. Traditional meditation has created a means by which a person can create a more focused mind, and a more clearer outlook. So is it possible to do the two things at one time. Yes it is.
Now instead of just going through your daily routine mindlessly, try to focus on each movement you are making and each item you’re interacting with on a more conscious basis. For example, when you brush your teeth in the morning focus on how the brush feels in your mouth. Focus on the taste of the toothpaste, and focus on the feeling of spitting into the sink. Really feel these things. Enjoy the sensations your body is bringing to your brain. Let the concepts of how day-to-day task influence your being wash over you. You will get the same things done in the same amount of time, but you will be providing your mind with a step-by-step meditation practice.
This can be tricky at first because your mind is used to running on autopilot. When you consciously focus on what you are doing, they may not be as easy as they were before. While working at my desk, I forced myself to concentrate on every keystroke on my computer. I found it my typing was a bit slower, but I was enjoying and sensation of touching every key and feeling it to descend into the keypad to create the document I was making. Now while you may not see the benefits of this right away, and it may be a bit nerve-racking to spend so much attention on simple tasks, over time when you combine this with regular meditation, you will notice you will be more focused and alert all the time.
An additional benefit to this is that many of us don’t even enjoy the things we should be enjoying. We eat so fast we don’t even taste our food or drinks. One of the most common jokes in the workplace is “I can’t even tell you what I had for breakfast”. This is because that is actually a true statement for a lot of people. But if you take the opportunity to enjoy your meals, your daily walks, and the social interaction with your peers, you will be creating vivid and pleasant memories which will not only help your meditative practice but improve the quality of your life.