Having Trouble Meditating? Try Art and MindPT!
We’ve all heard how good meditation is for us, but the old “sitting and chanting Om for hours” perception of meditation doesn’t appeal to many of us who are on the go.
Meditation is none of these things, actually - you don’t need to sit, you don’t need to do it for hours and you certainly don’t need to chant Om - but still, there’s the notion that sitting and doing nothing is a waste of precious time that could be spent achieving. Society puts so much pressure on us to achieve, compete and compare ourselves to others, that any "down time" is becoming an almost guilty pleasure.
Let me share two brilliant ways to get into the meditative state so you can experience the benefits of meditation, and still feel like you’re ‘doing’ something. I know, purists will balk at this but let’s face it: many people simply will not meditate because they are too stressed about the ‘not doing’ part. Using the two following techniques will get them used to being in a meditative state, and once they appreciate how awesome that is, they’ll be more likely to take up a longer meditation practice.
1. Make art.
Art therapy has been used on a variety of ailments including depression, chronic illness and healing from trauma. It’s a form of therapy that is universally effective regardless of age, culture, gender or religion. The creative process itself enhances the life experience. It’s a way to focus away from what’s wrong onto something positive that you are creating.
Art is also a way to meditate. Once you immerse yourself in paint, clay, wood, metal, photography, pencil, origami, glass, crayons, body ink, fabric or whatever wonderful medium you’re using, you free yourself from your problems and worries and connect with your quiet and peaceful inner self. Immerse yourself in art, and your mind ceases its constant chatter; you enter a blissful state of relaxed awareness that is enhanced by feelings of joy. It’s FUN to create, and it’s a way to express yourself with complete freedom. However, many people don’t consider themselves to be artistic. They feel they have no talent, and so to spare themselves the self-imposed shame of their art not measuring up to artists they admire, they simply won’t create.
I recommend this, if you feel you aren’t an artist: take the “art” or “artist” term out of this activity and just play with the medium you’ve chosen. Anyone can play. There is no right or wrong way to play. And, think of yourself as a creator. It’s human nature to create! Create, play, and if you never show your creations to anyone, it’s okay. It’s for you!
I highly recommend adult coloring books to anyone - they’re all the rage, and incredibly fun!
Watching a MindPT session is a form of active meditation. I say ‘active’, because instead of practicing awareness or silent mind you put yourself in a state of absorption and embodiment of the positive images and empowering statements.
Take three minutes a day, or two or three times a day, to watch MindPT and you’ll make excellent use of that time. Even though you’re not ‘doing’ anything as you are when making art, your mind is quite busy imprinting new ideas, and gradually changing your mindset and attitudes.
A MindPT session is fast-paced and rich in imagery so you enter a meditative state very quickly. Your mind simply cannot chatter away when you’re absorbed in what you’re watching! The effects of a 3-minute MindPT session last for 6-8 hours afterward - much like the positive effects of any meditative practice.
Bonus: if you're an aspiring artist and you're struggling with self-confidence or self-esteem (comparing yourself negatively to others), you can get an immediate and powerful boost by watching a MindPT session. Choose one that supports a challenge area in your life, and let the stunning imagery inspire creativity and positivity in you!
A MindPT Subscription Membership gives you access to the entire MindPT library, at a fraction of the cost of individual session purchases! Inspire your inner artist/creative today!