The lovely and talented Sarah Burkett recently posted on WesBAM about some easy meditations to help you rest up over Spring Break, so I stole them (with permission) to share with all of you. Check it out!
After last week’s seemingly never-ending stream of midterms and papers and projects and presentations, use this precious time off (cherish it now!) to reflect, forget, and give yourself a bit of TLC and perhaps a “little me time.” These meditation tips are perfect to do while traveling to your various spring break destination spots, whether it be via plane, train, car, or bus (And of course, make sure you’re only meditating as a passenger. You don’t want to fall asleep at the wheel!).
- Ground yourself in the present moment. Center your focus on your breath, or if you are ambitious, try concentrating on your own heartbeat. Deepen your breath and notice the moments at the top, bottom, and in between each inhalation and exhalation. Meditation can help calm nervousness due to flying jitters or general anxiety.
- Don’t be afraid to start small and work your way onto longer durations. Mediation or simply attempting to start clearing one’s mind can feel extremely difficult if not impossible for some people. Not to worry, like everything, it just takes practice. Don’t force the mind to be still, rather, let it wander, acknowledge each thought and let them pass on their own.
- Try concentrating on a mantra or saying. You should coordinate the correct repetition of the mantra on the inhale, and the correct repetition of the mantra on the exhale.
- Om Shanti Om (OHM – SH-ON-TEE – AUM) OM or AUM is the most important and significant word of Mantra tradition. OM is the most often chanted sound among all the sacred sounds on earth. This sound is considered as the sound of the existence.
- “I change my thoughts, I change my world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
- “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi
- I am committed to celebrating the person that I am.
- I give myself permission to both fail and succeed.
- I am a badass. 😀
- If you’re in a car or on a train: Count the number of cars of your choosing, or other objects such as trees, signs, or houses. Close your eyes and concentrate on the rhythm of the car or train. Count each breath in and out.
- If you’re at home or in an hotel room: Focus on your space. Turn off as many distractions, such as electronics like TVs or younger siblings. (Just kidding, Please do not use meditation as an excuse to get rid of family members.) Experiment with sitting on a pillow or against a wall. Simply asking your fellow travelers what time of day is best suited for some quiet alone time.
- If a quiet space is unavailable, experiment with “walking meditation”. This can be useful for those doing a lot of traveling on foot, whether it’s sightseeing or hiking. Ensure your posture is tall and strong, your head and core are still, and your eyes gaze ahead. Move with purpose and awareness of each movement. Notice each step you take, the swing of your arms, and the way you move towards your destination.
- Meditate both in and with nature. Feel the colors, sounds, smells, sensations of the surrounding world. Meditate on a specific plant or even a passing cloud.
- Express gratitude and appreciation for this time away from your normal daily life and linger in these rare moments of luxurious relaxation.