Seven Ways to Try Meditation When You’re Overwhelmed by Cancer
What if meditation was a non-negotiable part of your day, like brushing your teeth or using the bathroom? Can you imagine how much easier your challenges with cancer might be?
Most patients who struggle with meditation tell me they don’t make meditation a priority because they don’t enjoy it.
It is hard for them to sit still and focus on their breath.
Their minds fill with worries, or they feel like they are wasting their time.
If you can relate, take a look at the different types of meditations below. There is no “better” or “worse” type of meditation. They all have the power to transform your mind and body into a state of calm and peace.
# 1 – Loving Kindness Meditation
Some people call this a Metta Meditation, and it is a wonderful way to instantly bring more joy into your life. During this mediation, you focus on feelings of love, compassion, and kindness towards yourself and others. You may want to think about a specific person and imagine sending them love and positive vibes directly from your heart to theirs. You can do this type of meditation while you are in motion or while you are still.
# 2 – Guided Meditation
Find a comfortable spot, put in your earbuds, and allow yourself to be guided into a state of relaxation by the voice of another person with this type of meditation. Often, these meditations are accompanied by music to help enhance your relaxation. We have a very popular cancer-sensitive guided meditation that people love! GET IT HERE FOR FREE! This type of meditation is best done while still ensuring full body relaxation.
# 3 – Body Scan Meditation
Starting at your feet and working upwards, this meditation involves systematically scanning your body from bottom to top while you are sitting or lying down. You will pause at each part of your body and focus your attention on releasing any pain or tension you feel at that location. The goal is to promote total body relaxation, which creates body awareness. This type of meditation is best done while still so that full-body relaxation can be felt.
# 4 – Walking Meditation
A walking meditation is a practice that involves walking slowly and intentionally while maintaining mindfulness. It is not a time to walk and ponder over your problems and challenges. During this meditation, focus on your physical movements, such as the sensation of your feet as they touch the ground, the feeling of the sun or wind on your face, and the air entering your body through your nostrils. This is an energizing form of meditation that can be both refreshing and calming.
# 5 – Sound Meditation
This type of meditation involves listening to repetitive sounds, such as the chime from Tibetan singing bowls or nature sounds. The goal is to be a non-judgmental observer of any thoughts that may enter your mind or sensations you feel in your body during the meditation. Just relax and let the vibration and energy of the sound fill your body with healing and joy.
# 6 – Transcendental Meditation
This type of meditation involves repeating a special mantra, or specific word phrase, silently to yourself over and over. The mantra is generally kept private and may just be a sound, such as OM, or AH. Repeating the mantra gives your mind something to focus on, which eventually promotes a deep sense of relaxation. This type of meditation is generally done while still.
Last but not least is the more “traditional” type of meditation…
# 7– Mindfulness Meditation
Likely the most common type of meditation, this type of meditation encourages you to focus your attention on the present moment. Specifically, your breath. It is common for thoughts to enter your mind, and you may feel sensations in your body. The goal is to observe those things without any judgment and not to focus any energy on them. Just breath. In through your nose and out through your mouth. You can do this type of meditation while you are in motion or while you are still.
Which one sounds the most interesting to you?
Don’t overthink it; just pick one and start.
I guarantee you’ll be glad you did! 🙂