Written By: Harshita Jain, Batch - 2013, Mahakal Institute of Technology, Ujjain
"Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively" - Sharon Salzberg
We millennials are very ambitious and 'always on run' generation. Anxiety and stress are our fast friends. We always get a suggestion from our elders that we should embrace meditation in our life. At some point, we even tried it but there are only a few people who can continue doing it the traditional way. It's not everyone's cup of tea. Let me share my experience. Every time I closed my eyes, I could see a second world with a thousand other things to be worried about. Meditation lasts for a few minutes and I end up even more stressed.
Needless to say, mental health is correlated to your physical wellbeing and your body starts to dysfunction in the absence of either one. So we do need a stress buster for our daily life. But what should we do to keep our mind healthy?
What if I tell you that there are other ways to practice meditation? Yes!! there are different ways to meditate and they are very easy to adopt as well.
Even the definition of Meditation goes like - 'A practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.'
All you have to do is to choose one or multiple activities, which can have your undivided attention, it is that simple.
Coloring Sketch - Back to playschool! Why not, if that comforts your mind so much. You can simply keep a sketchbook and few colors or you can even go black and white. Only the process of coloring and your concentration in it will help you calm your mind, no matter how you color.
Photography - We all have super functioning, top-end mobile phones with us, with the camera being one of the salient features, why not to use it? Try to learn more about what your camera can do with different lights, different shades, and different landscapes. I am sure you will learn many new things about it. You don't need any muse or scenery, you can simply go to the pantry, make a cup of coffee and there is your picture to capture. There are certain apps available on android and IOS for enhancing the inbuilt camera, you can download them to learn more aspects.
Writing - This is a very vast activity if we think of but you need not be a professional writer. You can write about your day/week/month or any specific event of life with the best choice of words and expression, it will make you feel differently about the whole event and the process of writing will give your soul a great relief, no matter whether it is a joyous or sad thing you are writing about. Start writing to yourself.
Reading - This one is again a pool of endless possibilities, but once dived in, it will relax all your brain muscles, you just have to find your stream of interest. We do have podcasts, TED Talks, and audiobooks also, which we can access while enjoying our evening tea breaks or doing laundry.
Listening to music - Good music can really change your mood in seconds. Listening to a different language of music always grab more attention from our brain and we involve more into it.
Origami - It is an old-school trick but really helps to meditate if one gets indulged in the process of following instructions and making art out of plain paper.
Learning new things, makes the brain to concentrate on that activity with full power, and we don't feel like taking breaks, what can be the better meditation than this? You can opt for teaching something to an audience or you can join book clubs else human libraries. There can be no better mental activity than sharing experiences or knowledge. It will involve your utmost attention. Nature has his offerings too, bird watching, kayaking, gardening, trekking, and hiking can also give you zen. But again it strictly depends on your choice.
Impact of Meditation -
In our super busy lives, we need meditation to calm our minds and rejuvenate but in addition to it, meditation helps with the increase in creativity, a better concentration gives you a good night's sleep and can improve your breathing too. And above all, it makes you more alert to your surroundings and gives you a better perspective of life.
How to make time for it -
You don't need to dedicate time for meditation explicitly, it should come with your ease for example - you can use your travel time or meal breaks. It doesn't need to be a daily practice, you can take it on a weekly or alternate day basis, once comfortable, you can place it in your routine.
I hope these unconventional ways of keeping the mind happy and healthy can help you all.