Meditation Beyond the Om: Five Non-Traditional Ways to Clear Your Mind
In this fast-paced age, it seems like we make time for everything but relaxation. Chasing paper and our ambitions can often leave us feeling tired, demotivated, and very stressed. The worst part is, you don’t really notice the consequences of such a lifestyle until you’re too mentally and physically drained to move. We’re not robots, and we’re not made to work 24/7 which is why you need to make time to let yourself breathe. There are many ways to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body, and meditation certainly is one of them.
In fact, it seems that meditation is the first thing people recommend to those who have busy and demanding schedules. Though this activity can be extremely relaxing, can teach you how to control your mind, and will definitely help you let go of the tension- it isn’t for everyone. Some don’t find it interesting, others lack and focus, and the rest would simply like to explore other options.
Alternative ways of relaxation do exist, you just have to be a little more creative. You can find the om without meditation if you experiment with different activities. This is the only way to know what actually fits you as a person and the only way to find the inner peace you’ve been looking for. So, buckle up and get ready to explore different, alternative ways of relaxation which will improve your life by a landslide.
1. Write a Note
Have you noticed how much better you tend to feel when you let your emotions out? How do you let out these complex feelings you’re dealing with, though? Talking to someone feels like you’re just bothering them or it just makes you think in circles. Besides, who knows if they’ll even understand. Spoken words are forgotten after a while, anyway, and you don’t have the impression you’ve actually let anything out.
Writing, though, is permanent. You should take some paper and manually write down everything that’s been troubling your mind. With every written letter, you’ll feel lighter and more relaxed as the bad thoughts leave your mind for good. Once you’re done, take a lighter and burn the letter. Thus, the negative emotions and thoughts are physically gone and have no way of bothering you again.
You can do this on a weekly basis if you’re having a very stressful period, but it’s generally enough to do it every few months when the bad feelings start to accumulate. In some cases, burning the note doesn’t help. Instead, you can read over what you wrote to remind yourself that it’s not in your head anymore. It’s out and it’s the paper’s problem right now, so you don’t have to think about it again.
2. Start a garden
Taking care of a garden is a very mind-freeing activity. You get to cultivate beautiful and fragrant plants, be among nature, and work your troubles away. Even though most don’t see it, gardening is very physically demanding, as it implies working with your hands, bending, being in the sun, weeding, pulling, watering, and anything else you can think of.
Of course, while gardening, you won’t even notice how tired you’re getting until you settle in for the night. This means that you’ll work through the stress and negative emotions and only notice how lighter your step is now that they’re gone. You’ll also spend the whole day among nature, creating and tending to an ecosystem that’s more beautiful than anything you’ve ever made with your hands before.
If you want to take gardening a step further, you should open up your garden gate to nature’s critters. Having birds, hedgehogs, and even toads can be very calming and exciting. They will remind you how beautiful life is and reset your mind in the best way. To attract these creatures, you’ll just have to introduce a birdhouse, toad house, and a stack of logs. Then sit back and let your eyes rest on the colorful feathers and focus your ears on the calming croaking in the distance.
3. Let music overtake you
If there’s something that makes us human, it’s music. Regardless of where you come from and what language you speak, music is the common thread we all share. It’s the divine influence you need in your life to clear your mind and relax on a whole new level. Whatever type of music you choose, you’re bound to set your mind free.
Soft jazz could be playing in the background, and you can sit on the couch and just melt into a calming wave of serene music. You could play something that pumps you up and gets you moving, thus letting go of the negative energy through rhythm and dance.
Cry your eyes out to the saddest songs you know and feel cathartic relief as your mind once again returns to the clear and calm place it missed for so long. You can make your own party with music at home and dance your heart out or cry your eyes out, or do anything in between. We all enjoy music in different ways, and there’s nothing stopping you from discovering what way works for you best. The sure thing is that you’re going to have some well-deserved fun followed by rest.
4. Being in nature
No matter how much you love living in the city, you don’t even realize what a negative effect the concrete jungle can have on your mental health. We have steered away from nature and we need to find our way back to it if we plan on living a healthy and fulfilled life. Nature’s scenic views, fresh air, and calming sounds have the power to relax us better than anything the city can offer. While you let Mother Nature work on your brain, you also need to get your body moving, so the effect can be complete.