What does Meditation mean to you?
What do you think that people do when they are meditating?
What about Hammock Medidation, do you believe it is an easy or a hard thing to do?
There are many miths around meditation, so this Practical Guide will first clarify those miths and then help you identify the best practice for your profile.
By the way, have you ever considered that meditation might be a kind of art? Well, for me,
Meditation is the art of being present in the moment.
If you're able to see it that way, practice meditation might become easier. Especially Hammock Meditation.
Isn't it easy to be completely present in your Hammock once it starts gently swinging with the wind and waves, in that hammock over the water like in the picture, appreciating a beautiful sunset and hearing the sounds of the sea and birds around you?
Were you able to picture yourself there?
I'll tell you a secret now: only by imagining this scene, you're already practicing a type of meditation.
Do you realize what a powerful tool for meditating a Hammock is?
So, if you don't have one yet, please, give yourself this blissfull gift.
And don't worry, I'll help you to choose the best hammock according to your favorite medidation style!
First of all, let's clarify something about meditation:
See this buddhist monk sitting with legs crossed?
Well, yes, he's probably meditating. But no, this is not the only way one can medidate.
So if you're one of those people who expressly can't meditate because you're not able to be sitting still for more than 5 minutes, welcome to modernity!
Most importantly, do not worry: there is medidation on the menu for you too!
It's all about your state of mind.
Whenever you're able to be with your mind present, without navigating by past events or floating over future possibilities, you're meditating.
Some people also call that a "state of flow". It's like nothing else matters, just that one moment you're living.
It is what happens when two people are in love, or when you are so determined by accomplishing something that you see nothing else but your target being reached.
Also, when you're in Nature, don't you feel it's easier to be in that state?
Nature has this (natural) ability of reminding us that life is what happens in this unmeasurable fraction of time, in between past and future milliseconds.
Do you realize that life and death are happening all the time around us and that we are part of this orchestra of life?
Understanding this, without thinking about it, is medidating.
In summary, meditating is the same thing as living your life right here and right now.
Now, my dear hammocker friend, isn't that exactly what you do when you're hammocking? (if not, dude/sis, you're wasting a lot of potential from your hammock and we're fixing this now!)
For pedagogical reasons, I'll divide meditation into three categories:
This is when you expressly decide to take some time to meditate.
It usually includes the use of a tool to help you doing so, as most people are not able to just sit still like monks and medidate for hours.
Intentional Meditation does not require a minimum or maximum amount of time nor an specialization course.
If you're able to take short pauses during the day for quick meditations, or if you decide to meditate for one entire hour, it is up to you and your lifestyle.
Once you allow yourself to dedicate a few minutes of your day for calming your mind and actually practicing intentional meditation, you'll notice improvement.
It opens in two sides, which will give you a much better view from wherever you are and still gives you the privacy to be in your own cacoon.
There is a very popular word for it these days, which I don't like using very much for the same reason: mindfulness.
Some people give courses on mindfulness as if it was someting hard to achieve and reserved to those who study it, just like meditation was (and still is) - considered something very difficult.
Well, in parts, they are right. Too many people have lost connection with present and tend to live their lives nostalgic with the past or anxious about the future.
The missed point is: you don't need to take a mindfulness course.
You already have everything you need to regain consciousness about the present by using the appropriate tools or by cultivating the right state of mind.
Mindfulness is all about releasing your mind from external distractions and doing the one and only thing that you are doing this exact moment.
This leads me to a thought:
Hammocking is the art of meditating in a hammock!
It reminds me of when I was a girl-scout. If you have ever gone camping, you know that you have to be present and observe things around you, especially if there's the possibility of a bear approaching your camping site.
As I said before, life and death are happening all the time in Nature, and once you're camping, you're exposed to it. So it is an awesome way to explore mindfulness at its best!
At last, but not least amazing, I present you the Active Meditation style
This is all about moving your body and exercising consciously. I'm not talking about some mechanical workout though.
Meditation is what Yoga is all about, reason why it has become the ultimate expression of meditation in the western culture.
Through body movements that require strenght, balance and focus combined with breathing exercises that challenge our misused lungs, we will be practially forced to be present in the moment.
Our senses are estimulated during the entire practice. It also allows you to be more relaxed for Intentional Meditation after you finish exercising.
Yoga is not the only exercise that can bring you to this medidative state of mind. Any exercise or sport that challenges you and brings you to the present moment is a good choice.
Aerial Yoga is not only an awesome tool for self awareness and gaining body strenght and balance, but it also gives you a very attentive state of mind, as you risk falling over your head if you loose focus.
There are two models and the exercises vary a bit, so you can choose the one that is more approrpiate for the kind of exercise you want to do.