Meditating Doesn't Always Mean Sitting Still
Different Types of Meditation
Meditating does not have to mean sitting still and having a blank mind, unhindered by thoughts or emotions, for an hour. Meditating as a sacred practice can be done to focus on a particular effect or desire or to visualize in magickal practice or as an act of manifesting.
In many modern pagan traditions, meditating is used to create a ritual space or spell in the astral realm. Meditation is also used by people of different faiths and spiritual alignment.
One of my favorite quotes on meditation is:
Meditation is how I listen.
With these varying views of meditation in mind, it doesn't make sense to meditate in just one way to achieve a desired result. Instead, other forms of meditation should be used. Below are a four methods of meditating that can be performed.
Walking, dancing, or yoga can be great ways to meditate.
Walking meditations are used by many different cultures. Labyrinths are often used for this method and the act of walking them is said to be a sacred ritual to meditate upon for many different reasons bit mostly for the journey inward and, after, the journey back into the physical realm of the outside world.
I particularly love dancing meditations. Belly dance, dancing in ritual circles, and spontaneous movement are expressions of body, mind, and spirit that help not only keep the focus of the meditation in the mind but also record it in the physical body through things like muscle memory.
Creating music with drums, singing bowls, tsing-tsing bells, chanting, singing, or humming are all great ways to meditation.
Damon and I are particular fans of shamanic drumming or chanting for transitioning to other thought patterns and calming or exciting the body before or after ritual practice.
Listening to recordings of binaural beats helps to put the brain into the right vibe for meditating. This is a great way to start a longer meditation or just to get those few minutes of calm into your day.
I would like to also state that traditional music and sounds for meditation are not always best for everyone. I've met people that meditate very effectively with metal, industrial, or techno music. The theme I've noticed among this group is that a heavy bass beat is necessary and can hearken back to tribal drumming for ritual.
This practice of music, of course, can go hand in hand with the moving meditations previously mentioned.
Knit, crochet, beading, or any other creative activity that has repetitive movement and requires concentration is a great way to meditate. The repetitive movement can help put the mind into a trance-like state and is one of the reasons such crafts are therapeutic.
I have found that while I'm crocheting is a great time to say my mantras or prayers that require repetition such as the 108 Ganesh mantras for 108 days to achieve a large goal or a certain number of Hail Mary's and Our Fathers, or prayers to Saints. All the better if you're creating a prayer shawl or a piece of magickal crochet or knitting that will be used for spiritual purposes.
Coloring is making a come back lately with many publishing companies creating coloring books for grown ups! Choosing colors to the gentle, repetitive motion, coloring can be seen as a form of active mediation. This is also a great way to focus in and not make room in your head for stress and worries but only that one page that desires color.
Boost your creativity, concentration, and meditation by coloring Mandalas or magickal images of dieties, nature, or sacred geometry.
For Free coloring pages, check out our Meditative Coloring Pinterest board!