Our recent Facebook post about alternative ways to meditate got a lot of hits. Its single line —’Can’t sit still when you meditate?: try turning everyday actions into a practice’ — told us that there are A LOT of people who have trouble sitting and meditating. So we thought we’d elaborate.
The solution is an ancient one: turn everyday actions, like washing dishes, folding laundry, walking, into a meditation. Try to be as present and mindul as you can, doing just that one action, enjoying it, seeing every aspect of it, being as much as possible in the present moment. If your mind wanders, simply bring it back to the task at hand, as many times as necessary.
Our friend Peggy Markel’s lovely post about about a Moroccan woman sweeping describes it perfectly (here’s a bit, though we recommend reading the whole thing) :
The sound of the palm leaf broom on the dry ground is like a constant breeze though the trees. It’s soft and comforting. The edges and pathways of the property are pristine. She’s at home there…Even at a distance, her presence is perceptible. It stops the mind. Like the song of a small bird, the sound of water flowing, fruit falling from a branch….
The ancient art of sweeping, sweeps the mind clean like a perfect brush stroke practiced 10, 000 times, each time more effortless and free. She sweeps from her heart, not her head, spreading love along the pathways, caressing the untouched and unseen areas of the parched earth, appearing, disappearing, creating a nurturing container for trees to grow, vegetables to be weeded, tears and leaves to fall, love to flourish.
Here are some other simple insta-meditations we recommend: