What is Meditation, Anyway?

For some people, meditating means sitting around with a group of earth-centric individuals dressed in loose clothing and making sounds like "Ohhhmmm" while trying to ignore all the thoughts running through their heads.


This dull and monotonous view of meditation is why many of us avoid taking part in the activity.


The truth is that meditation is about being present in one specific moment. That's it.


Meditation can take many forms


Did you know that running can be a form of meditation? Playing video games? Journaling? Staring aimlessly at nothing?


Meditation is about being. It's about experiencing. Existing.


My favorite form of meditation is an activity I like to call "looking at the world through baby eyes." Sounds crazy, I know. But it's an experience that allows me to reset and recalibrate myself after a long and stressful day.


It works like this. Go outside. Pick a spot with beautiful (or at least decent-looking) scenery and few distractions. Take a seat or take a stroll and observe the things around you. Put no thought into what you're observing. Just observe.


That tree that you're looking at? Don't think of it as a tree. Just observe. That wind that you feel against your cheek? Don't think about it as wind. Just feel. Allow yourself to be in the moment. No thoughts. No sentiments. Just experience.


It may not be easy at first, but keep trying.


When you finally feel that you can allow your thoughts, feelings, worries, concerns, etc. pass over you and let yourself be in that moment, you'll get a glimpse into what it's like to experience the world as a newborn child. A child who doesn't know what a tree is. Who doesn't know the difference between a cloud, a horse, or a dandelian. And who has no inclination to put any pre-conceived thought into anything that's happening around them.


You will finally understand what it means to see the world "through baby eyes."


If you can allow yourself to have this moment and just experience it without understanding and without figuring it all out. Then that is meditation in its purest form.