Create a Happy Life That's Sustainable

I’m often asked about different meditation strategies (#obvi) and have found that meditating, speaking from personal experience, is akin to exercise – we’re never advised to do the same exercises or movements over and over again. We pay trainers and/or scrutinize 15 second Instagram video posts to mix it up, not only keeping the workout fresh and interesting for us, but building muscle through “muscle confusion” or simply doing different routines in the gym to stay athletic and healthy.
 

Our minds are no different! Plus it’s just plain boring to do the same thing, over and over and over again (and yet, how many seasons of The Bachelor/Bachelorette are we on? No shade to ABC, just saying…).

 

To achieve this, I have personally found these meditation styles helpful when mixing up the mindfulness and keeping the practice fun and interesting:

 

Change Locations – I personally use a yoga mat to sit on at home, changing locations often. What’s also helpful is using a wall / similar as a support for one’s back. This will make meditating more comfortable (and thus easier) when first starting out, and will also encourage the meditator from a “comfort” perspective. It’s also fun to change physical locations (i.e. get outside!). However, I recommend somewhere known to the meditator as the mind is calmer in a safe environment.

 

Crack a Window / Listen – an easy “hack” I’ve found for “getting out of one’s head” is to simply listen to what’s going on outside: the wind, traffic noises, birds, barking dogs, etc. Crack a window and notice how simply listening to the world around us allows meditation to become much easier.

 

Listen to Music – this is a great hack for beginners, while also making meditation a lot of fun! Pick your favorite tunes (highly suggest instrumental music, or those with not many lyrics) and tune out (pun intended). Listening to music while meditating is also a great way to keep track of time if working within a 9-5 schedule, as we all know about how long our favorite tracks are.

 

Another, albeit more “woo woo,” style of meditating is “sound meditation” using various frequencies. I encourage those interested to do their own research before trying this technique, but I’ve enjoyed its benefits and it’s a great style to use to explore different ways to meditate while “mixing it up” (see: muscle confusion). Long story super short, everything in our world is a frequency or vibration – sound waves, various light waves, radio waves, etc. Even at a molecular level, scientists have found atoms to be analogous with waves (seriously, do some Googling haha). With this thought process, one could come to the conclusion that various frequencies have an effect on the human body.

 

And this isn’t straight woo-woo; Gregorian chants are based off of these frequencies as well and have been used for centuries to assist people in becoming more “God-kind.” For those interested in learning more and experimenting with different frequencies for meditation, check out this synopsis and have fun!

 

If you’ve made it this far in the post, enlightenment is imminent 🙂

 

Blessings on blessings,
Sean

About The Author

Mental Gymnastics is supported by a collection of like-minded individuals who have daily happiness practices. They will lend their expertise in various facets of life over time, sharing how and what they've implemented in their lives to achieve a sustainably happy life. Mental Gymnastics was started by Sean Yoon McDevitt, who holds a BA in History from the University of Georgia (while competing as a Division 1 Swimmer), an MBA from the University of Oregon, and an International Association of Meditation Instructors Membership.

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