If you regularly practice meditation, you are aware of the benefits. But, did you know that there are more forms of meditation beyond the tradition of sitting still in a quiet space? Different, unusual forms of meditation exist that allow you explore your mind and body, and find peace in unexpected ways.
Unusual Forms of Meditation
- Standing Meditation: Standing meditations are a great alternative to more traditional seated practices. Start with your feet pointing forward, shoulder width apart. Once standing, begin a body scan to bring awareness to every part of your body.
- Walking Meditation: This form of meditation, known as kinhin, can be performed indoors or outdoors. Find an open space where you can walk continuously without too many interruptions. With each stride made, focus on your breath as it relates to your movement.
- Crystal Meditation: You can call on various crystals to enhance your practice. For example, selenite will help clear negative energy from your body, wand quartz can help you clarify your dreams and goals.
- Gazing Meditation: This practice encourages you to focus or to gaze at a singular object in your environment. You may focus with your eyes closed or open. Whether you gaze internally or externally, you slowly begin to blank out other objects and bring your attention and practice to the present moment.
- QiGong: This standing meditation practice focuses on body’s energy forces. The practice combines low-impact exercises with breathing, refining your body and spirit.
- Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique: Better known as “Amma,” this practice has gained international popularity. The practice combines yogic stretches, breathing, and concentration for about twenty to thirty minutes.
- Dance Meditation: Your meditation practice just got a soundtrack…how excited are you? Dance meditation, known as Kundalini Meditation, encourages a focused approach to dancing as you release negative energies or blocks in your body and mind.
- Laughter Meditation: A very fun and easy form of meditation, all laughter meditation requires is that you laugh! Start by smiling deeply and then just start. It might seem strange and awkward at first but conscious laughter will help you bring yourself to the present moment.
- Hand Movement Meditation: Sitting still through a meditation practice can be a challenge for so many people. That pesky itch or the need to adjust your clothing can interrupt your practice. Instead, try a hand movement meditation, which uses breathing techniques coupled with specific hand movements.