My wife says she just can’t meditate. I’m like, “Really! You can’t sit still for 10 minutes and do nothing?”. This is common reaction when I ask people to try meditation. The expectation from many is that meditation requires some complete brain power to stop all thoughts and get in Zen mode. But have they explored Modern Day Meditation which was not designed for monks?
We live in a great time but with too many distractions which are dropping our attention span. A study conducted in 2002 show the average attention span of 3000 candidates in Canada was 12 seconds. They conducted this study again in 2015 and the averaged dropped to 8 second. This is largely due to the internet, social media, push notification which are always distracting us.
So, when you sit quietly by yourself, it much easier to have your attention lost when concentrating on a single point of focus such as breath, sensations or mantras. This can be helped with audio or guided meditations, but there are also a bunch of new age active meditations which is great for a change or a beginner.
Active or dynamic meditation for the new age
Active meditations work on visualisation that take you on a journey to relax and get into a state of calm or healing. This is great as it seems to take away the effort of concentration some feel they need to use in traditional meditation and encourages the use of the imagination.
Using visualization with connection to body sensations for an anchor point helps on a bio chemical level to release feel good hormones and reduce negative reactions in the body.
Visualisation journeys can be fun and limitless. Check the video below and give this guided visualization from Jason Stephenson ago.
Check this Aura Energy meditation using the power of memory emotions to drive your compassion energy.
Posture and sitting
The ideal posture for alertness is sitting up, back straight like an imaginary string being lightly pulled for the top of your head. Can you meditate without this posture? You sure can. Some may be uncomfortable in this position, so try sitting in a chair with your back rested straight or even lying down on the floor or a bed.
The method of being strict or in lotus position is keeping your body aligned for best energy movement and not fall asleep when relaxing. While I like this strict posture, it is definitely not required for beginners or poor postured individuals.
Distance and time
I believe doing meditation regularly is more important than strict posture. Like any habit, it takes time to develop this regularity, but doing small amounts of time every day if far more effective that doing it for a long time once a week.
How long does a non-monk meditate for? 10 minutes every day is where you will start to get the benefits and 20 minutes is a good solid standard for extraordinary results.
Active meditation is normally more engaging and time does feel like is goes quicker when you’re on a journey of the mind.
Are the end results different between active or traditional meditation?
Amazingly, some active meditation can provide better results in different aspects of life with goal visualization or achievement. From a bio physical level, they both will inhibit the similar results.
They great thing is that you can switch between different types of meditation to change it up from time to time. Or once you find what works for you, stick with it.
What meditation style works for you? Please leave your comment below as we also love your interactions each post.
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