For those who have a problem with quietening the mind, an ‘open eye ‘meditation can work well.

Shinka Zen Meditation

This meditation technique is likened to daydreaming. It’s where you let your eyes go out of focus, similar to when you’re daydreaming. Sit somewhere comfortable, whether it be on the floor or a comfortable chair, try and wear loose clothing and sit with your back straight. Light a candle and place it at a distance away from you but in the line of your vision, take several deep breathes and let them out slowly, don’t worry too much if you can’t stop the days issues from flitting in and out of your mind, your meditation technique will still work. Concentrate your vision on the flame of the candle and continue to breathe slowly and deeply. As you stare into the flame of the candle, let your vision go, even if it’s blurred, don’t worry that you’re not doing it right just relax and let yourself go. Continue to breathe long and deep and allow whatever wants to come into your mind, to come, then let it go, don’t try and fight your conscious mind, just relax and let it be……..

Shinka Zen Meditation

For those who love the outdoors, this meditation can be done sitting out in the sun and staring out in to the distance at a large tree, just adopt the same strategy as the candle flame. Just relax and let your focus go. This is a great alternative way to meditate for those who find the conventional way difficult.

I believe that everyone can find a meditation to suit them, their time and needs. I have done a crystal meditation whilst I am lying in bed. This is similar to the candle flame, but I focus on a crystal, or more over, the colour of a crystal, in my mind, usually an Amethyst crystal for its beautiful, vibrant purple colour. The same process is applied to this bed time meditation as to the candle flame one. Doing this one in bed, slows everything down in readiness for sleep, and if you drop off to sleep while doing it then all the better……..

Shinka Zen Meditation

Another excellent meditation technique can be done while soaking in a warm (not boiling hot) bath. Make this a special time just for you. Tell your family you are retreating to the bathroom, not to be disturbed unless the house has caught alight! Take with you an oil burner and a relaxing essential oil, some tea light candles, a cup of herbal tea and some gentle relaxation music. Run your bath, set up the oil burner, candles and music. Put a few drops of the essential oil in to the bath water and then sink in to your warm bath, sip your herbal tea and relax. After you have finished your tea and are soaking comfortably, then you can do either the candle flame or crystal meditation.

Another cleansing/ healing alternate therapy that can be done effectively in the bath is Chakra Clearing, but I will go in to this in detail on my Clearing and Balancing Chakra’s page.