If You Feel Like Meditation Isn’t For You, Try This Instead:
You’ve tried many different styles of meditation in the past, but focusing on your breath gets boring or frustrating. Or, you just feel like it makes your mind wander even more. You’re not alone. Meditation practices are not one-size-fits-all. You try them on and see how they feel. If it doesn’t feel good, you move on.
One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years is that there are an infinite number of doorways into meditation. The trick is, you just need to find the one that’s right for you and one you actually enjoy. If you’re not looking forward to your practice, then you’re doing it wrong.
Drawing can be a fun yet powerful anchor to hold a wandering mind. Don’t worry, no real artistic skill is required, just an open mind. The goal here is not to focus too much on the outcome but rather the repetitive movement. Try not to over think it but instead allow it to unfold organically.
What you’ll need:
· Paper (any size)
· Pen / Pencil
· A quiet place free of distractions
· 2-20 minutes
1. Draw 1 or 2 large shapes to fill up 90% of your paper
2. Add smaller shapes inside the large ones
3. When your large shapes are full, fill in the negative space around them with more lines or shapes
4. Add even more details, and start to create patterns
5. If you get stuck, just keep repeating the same shape, line or pattern until your mind decides to change it.
6. Keep going until the timer stops
7. When the timer chimes, put down your pen or pencil, close your eyes and notice the effects