Enter the Labyrinth
This is a picture of a ceramic finger labyrinth I got at a local metaphysical show a week or so ago. In case you’re not sure what this is about, the idea is that it’s a very portable alternative to one of the ones that you walk. In a labyrinth, you follow the path in to the center, then walk back out. There’s only one way to go, so you don’t have to think at all.
Finger labyrinths are a great alternative for people who have a hard time sitting still to meditate. Partly it’s the subtle focus of moving your finger, partly it’s just knowing that all you have to do is get to the center and back–the process is much less open-ended than sitting down and just letting your mind monkeys have their way with you.
Of course, you don’t need a ceramic one (which will keep you from the insanity of not using your labyrinth until you’ve crocheted a case for it, which will take about a week of watching Vikings and watching people die horribly, which is not very meditative but oh well). You can print your own off of the internet, and even though you’ll have to pay attention to stay within the lines, it does pretty much the same thing.
But seriously, though — how often do you spend oh, say, two whole minutes doing NOTHING, just quieting your mind and being in the moment? How long can two minutes seem if you’re trying to do this for two minutes?
However you do it, it’s worth trying to venture into yourself and back. It doesn’t have to take long. However long you do it, it’s a small amount of peace and relaxation that can change your life in a big way.