Ommmmm: 7 Other Ways to Meditate
Updated September 14, 2018
Meditation is such an important key to a fulfilled, productive and abundant life, we must take the few minutes a day it takes to practice it. The benefits of meditation are remarkable and can lead to the awe-inspiring. There are rigid prescribed ways to meditate such as sitting very tall in lotus posture with hands in chin mudra,* however meditation can truly be indigenous or unique to YOU.
Considering the infinity and limitless creativity of the universe, does it make sense that meditation would only look one way? Considering the incredible uniqueness of the countless human beings on the planet where no two are exactly alike, does it make sense that the practice of meditation should only be conducted in a certain manner?
The only non-unique threads running through a meditation practice for all of us should be peace and quiet. When we create for ourselves a beautiful nest of silence and quiet and allow the channels of concentration or single-pointed focus to emerge, a beautiful energy grows and flows and infinite wisdom comes. It may not be in the form of words or messages. It may be images or visions or feelings. It is all the same.
Indigenous means to ‘produce from within ourselves.’ This world does not seem to want to allow us each to express ourselves in our own indigenousness. Meditation is the perfect arena for this and perhaps a foundation stone for allowing even more creative indigenous expression in a world that could so sorely benefit from it at this time.
So all we really have to do is get comfortable and allow. For me, my favorite ways are to take a long late night walk in the dark hushed intimacy of the flora and fauna all around me. I also love to lay in bed in the morning completely still and quiet.
You won’t always receive an earth-shaking message or vision in meditation. The main goal is to just be and let your vibratory frequency arise, increase and expand. The rest will take care of itself.
Here are a few creative ideas for effective meditation practices and I highly urge you to discover your very own.
Practice walking meditation.
Dance with abandon and let the music or the chant take you. I’ll never forget visiting a Hare Krishna temple for a world religions field trip in my early high school days. I will never forget the trance state I witnessed the devotées access while dancing and chanting.
Dig in the garden. Reverence the earth while digging and planting and your focus will take you to that holy quiet place.
Sweep the floors. Like digging, the mere focus on a manual activity like sweeping can escort you to the meditative state. The metaphor of sweeping away the debris is particularly apropos.
Fix your gaze into a candle or fire flame for as long as you can hold it. Don’t fight the blinking. Over time, you will become able to achieve long periods in which you do not fight to keep your eyes open but instead relax into the practice and allow peace to pervade your being.
Practice a form of yoga, qi gong or tai chi. Like dance, these types of movement can assist you to achieve a state of inner peace necessary for meditation.
Walk a labyrinth. I know they’re not a dime a dozen so make one on your property if you can. Walk it slowly and deliberately, anchored in the present moment. Surrender to the journey of the labyrinth and see what bubbles to the surface.
With your focus on the sound of crickets singing or tree frogs croaking, or with your attention on the profound metaphor of sweeping away the debris in your life, divine messages will more easily slip into your consciousness. With practice, your method of meditation will become your own indigenous asana (or manner of entering into it).
*Chin mudra is most often hand posture using the hands and fingers in yoga in certain configurations for a desired physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effect. This is accomplished by facilitating the flow of prana or chi energy throughout the body.
Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published on April 13, 2017 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Ñāṇadhammo, Ajahn, Ajahn Brahm, and Dharma Dorje. Walking Meditation: Three Expositions on Walking Meditation. Kandy, Sri Lanka: Buddhist Publication Society, 2007. Print.
Marich, Jamie. Dancing Mindfulness: a Creative Path to Healing and Transformation. Skylight Paths Publishing, 2015.