Jun 28, 2017

I have to admit, the only meditation I can commit myself to is Mutt Meditation (a.k.a. taking my dog for a 10-minute walk). It’s not that I have a short attention span or anything, it’s just that I haven’t fully grasped the purpose of the whole meditation concept—yet.

So while I’m working on finding my seven chakras, I discovered these alternatives on how you can meditate without actually meditating (huh?). You’ll get what I mean.

Yoga

“Wait, doesn’t yoga involve a whole lot of focus?” Yes, but it also involves free-flowing movements, so you’re still not stuck in one position. Have you seen how peaceful yogis look? That’s the goal. Ease your way into it by practicing at least three poses a day, or buy new yoga gear to get some motivation in you.

Try cooking

You can’t go wrong with food. The chopping, slicing, dicing, and peeling of food can put you into full concentration mode without really thinking too much. Plus points if you whip up a great meal!

You might have massacred plants back in your day, but don’t let that hold you back from starting again.

Get crafty with coloring books, crochet, embroidery, or flower arranging

I always enjoyed art class as a kid even if I didn’t produce the best artworks. Don’t underestimate those okras you used for painting during the first grade because it could be useful again when the stress of adulthood hits you. If painting isn’t your thing, you can opt for coloring books.

Other options include crochet, embroidery, and flower arranging. These activities may be too tita or too lola for some, but the concentration these activities require can lead you to create something beautiful.

If all else fails, put on a face mask

It doesn’t even matter what kind it is—clay, peel-off, or sheet masks, if you’ve ever used one before, you know it takes about 15 to 20 minutes for it to take effect. In those minutes, it’s pretty tricky to do anything else than just lie there and relax. Read a book, take a nap, paint your nails, whatever it is that puts you on nirvana mode.

 

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