Nature meditation. I think most people probably find some kind of peace or spiritual inspiration in nature. Being in nature certainly makes meditation easier for me, and it has no religious overtones. Yay! That’s the kind of meditation I want! And there are many different ways to use nature as a spring board to a peaceful mind. Listening is just one of these forms, and it’s a lovely informal way of meditating.
Though when I first left Tibetan Buddhism, I couldn’t sit formally to meditate, I still found myself naturally doing this expansive listening as I walked in the forest. I’m lucky that I do have a peaceful forest close by to be able to do this in, but it can be done anywhere, anytime, even if you’re not in a peaceful situation. All sounds are, after all, just sounds. It’s only our mind that ascribes the concepts of peaceful or not peaceful to the sounds.
Of course, this listening-in-nature meditation is based on what I learned during my two decades of Buddhist study and practice. It’s also a kind of what some call ‘forest bathing’. For me, however, it’s really just what I do when I’m walking in the forest – at least when I’m not talking to myself!
Download my guided audio meditation practices here: https://tahlianewland.bandcamp.com/album/simply-being-guided-meditation
And for detailed instructions and written guided practices, see my book ‘How to Meditate Easily Effectively & Deeply.’ http://geni.us/9lbWIIf
And if you’re new here, don’t forget to check out the Imaginative Meditation page for another Buddhist derivative meditation.
Is there any form of meditation that you find yourself doing naturally, informally, without really trying? If so, please share it in the comments below.