I have a confession, and it’s not going to be easy to admit. But I really, really dislike meditation. Although meditating is the trendy thing to be into right now (and it has undoubtedly improved the lives of many people), I just can’t get into it. I’ve tried a few different guided meditation Apps, and even reluctantly joined my mum at a mindfulness workshop once, but so far I’ve yet to see the appeal.
If you dare to state such an opinion in the fashion-y circles of London, however, you’ll be met with side glances and shocked expressions. People immediately jump in with, “I’ll be able to convert you.” Or, “You just need to try this App/book/technique/guru.”
It’s like aggressive vegetarianism. Everyone thinks they’ll be the one to finally cure you from your evil meat-eating/non-meditating ways. But I’m here to tell you it’s absolutely fine if you’re not into meditation. And here’s why…
IT’S OKAY IF YOU FIND IT HARD TO MEDITATE
A lot of my friends and family members meditate regularly. And, to my understanding, they love it because it helps them clear their minds, release stress, focus on their body, and find inner peace.
If you can reap these benefits from meditation, that’s great! But I don’t think it’s a one-size-fits-all solution. And some people might find other techniques more powerful when it comes to unwinding.
I’m the classic Aries, in the sense that I hate inactivity and am constantly switched on. I also passionately loathe the sound of heavy breathing, so leave me to meditate for five minutes and I will truly go insane.
But I can reach a meditative state – in the sense that I tune out from my thoughts and the day’s stresses – every time I do vinyasa yoga. By focusing on the flow of movements I’m able to disconnect and feel truly peaceful. It’s my version of meditation. And that’s why I think it’s so important to find out what works best for you.
Alternatives to Meditation
Meditation might be the most effective way for you to destress. But if it doesn’t work for you there are other options. Here are just a few suggestions…
1. Go to a yoga class
2. Close your eyes and listen to music
3. Draw, paint or colour
4. Leave your phone at home and go for a walk
5. Sit on the beach and watch the waves
6. Try sound therapy
7. Go for a swim
8. Plant flowers or vegetables in your garden
Is meditation part of your daily routine? Or do you also find it hard to meditate? I’d love to know what you think, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below…