Many people are intimidated by the idea of practicing mindfulness meditation. They often think that there is absolutely no way they can do it. Believe me, I get it. Even after 10+ years of meditating semi-regularly, I still struggle with my concentration every time. So, don’t start by sitting down for a 30-minute meditation from an app. Start with being mindful, or present, or aware, in your day to day life. Below are a few other moments and activities to help you on your way to becoming a calm Buddha.
- Take a moment in the morning and evening to think positive thoughts for the day (aka prayer) or reflect on the day behind you.
- Try keeping score of a baseball game. This is a great way to slow life down and just focus on one thing you enjoy.
- Go fishing. Fishing can be one of the most calming, meditative acts a person can do.
- Swim laps. You don’t have to swim a mile or two. A 1/4 or 1/3-mile swim, alternating the strokes so that your back and shoulders get stretched, will make a tremendous difference in your life.
- Pause before a meal. Take a moment to think grateful thoughts about your life and focus on your fortune, hopefully with others.