We all know we should meditate, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. For some, meditation can be the opposite of relaxing. It can feel stressful, overwhelming and even cause anxiety.
I know it may sound strange, as meditation is generally associated with a sense of calm and tranquility, but the thought of sitting in one spot (for some) and breathing in and out is a scary thing. Aversion to meditation can be due to a number of factors. One could have asthma, where focusing on their breath brings about sense of uneasiness and anxiety. It can be because that person has experienced some form of trauma where sitting still and going inward can cause bad feelings and bring up old wounds which can feel scary. It’s actually not so uncommon.
If this is you … don’t fret. There are other forms of awareness or ‘mindfulness’ practices, as they’re referred to, that can ensure similar results and even get you geared up to embrace the practice of meditation, as daunting as it may seem.
Here are some alternatives to meditation. Some of them you may already do, but now when you experience them again, you’ll have a whole new appreciation for them.
Crocheting or knitting. This is a hobby that is dear to my heart and one that I know induces a meditative state. When I crochet my awareness is on the movement and play between the needle and yarn as well as counting to keep track of where I am in my stitch count (it’s like a mantra). To make it even more intentional, I choose sacred numbers to land on in my patterns, I feel like my crocheted creations are more special that way.
To see the full story on the 8 activities that reverse stress and anxiety that are better than meditating, please visit the original post here. This excerpt was published with permission from Urban Wellness Magazine.
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