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6 Alternative Forms of Meditation for People Who Hate Doing Nothing

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/6-alternative-forms-meditation-for-people-who-hate-doing-nothing.html

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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.

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... 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!

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Alternative forms of meditation

Alternative forms of meditation
  • Listen to Music.
  • Dance Like Nobody’s Watching.
  • Draw From Observation. By drawing, you’ll be using your sight perception to get out of your head and into the moment.
  • Practice Yoga.
  • Eat Properly.
  • Do Household Chores.

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Relaxation as an alternative

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Activities to calm your brain

  1. Arts and crafts, including but not limited to coloring, pottery and knitting.
  2. All varieties of yoga.
  3. Go for a walk. Notice how your breath feels. Notice your feet walking.
  4. Singing, humming and whistling.
  5. Free-writing before bed.
  6. Cooking is filled with basic tasks that let you focus on all sorts of sights, smells, tastes and textures.

Meditation fosters mindfulness

“[Meditation] is not about clearing the mind; it’s about focusing on one thing. When the mind wanders, the meditation isn’t a failure. Our brain is like a wayward puppy, out of cont...

Incorporate meditation in your life

  • Walking meditation. “We weren’t meant to sit in cubicles all day and when we disconnect from nature, we suffer a lot of stress.”
  • Red light meditation. While stopped at a red light, turn off your radio and focus on deep breaths.
  • Running/cycling meditation. If you run or bike, leave your headphones at home and focus on the experience.
  • Eating/drinking meditation. As you eat or drink, focus on the various flavors, textures, and sensations of the particular food or drink.
  • Waiting meditation. While in line, observe your breath or surroundings.
  • Task-related meditation. For example, washing your hands, folding laundry, taking a shower, washing dishes, or brushing your teeth can serve as mini-meditations if you focus on the experience and stop your mind from wandering.

Mindfulness

... is a collection of practices aimed at helping us to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of ourselves and our environment.

Meditation sharpens your attention

Meditation helps to counter our tendency to stop paying attention to new information in our environment. Other studies have found that mindfulness meditation can reduce mind-wandering and improve attention.

Larger randomized controlled trials are still needed to understand how meditation might work with other treatments to help people manage attention-deficit disorders.

Consistent meditation

Long-term, consistent meditation mindfulness changes our ability to handle stress in a better, more sustainable way.

  • Practicing meditation reduces the inflammatory response in people exposed to psychological stressors.
  • Mindfulness practices help us to be less reactive to stressors and to recover better from stress when we experience it. 

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