Your challenge today is to try a type of meditating. There are many ways of meditating, including Spiritual, Mindfulness, Movement, Visualization, Focused, and Chanting meditation. What is meditation? It is an ancient tradition that can lead us to discover a sense of calmness and inner harmony, as well as help us to deal with the daily pressures of life. The practice of meditation is a part of many religions, but it is less about the faith we uphold and more about becoming more mindful, focused, and peaceful; more aware of our thoughts, speech, and actions, and more in tune with how our choices affect others. We’re going to focus on mindfulness meditation. What is mindfulness? It is the mental state of being conscious or aware of something. When you’re mindful, you are paying attention and noticing things you may not have noticed before. You are living in the moment and giving open attention to everything you do. You are accepting yourself and your emotions. Being mindful helps you to be calm and accepting of where you are in life which in turn, can allow you to slow down and breathe.
• A place to sit and relax :)
Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors: Meditation is best done in a calming, quiet area where you feel safe and comfy. Create a corner in your room or somewhere in your house where you can be comfortable and able to meditate without being disturbed or bothered by anyone or anything. Maybe there are some comfy pillows you can sit on and some string lights you can hang. Hang up some pictures that calm you down (hand-drawn or not). After you’ve done this, follow along with this guided-meditation and relax!
Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors: Some meditations are guided by a person speaking softly or calmly to the audience to “guide” them to a state of mindfulness and relaxation. Follow along with this video to get an idea of a guided session (and to reach a state of mindfulness!) so that you can create your own guided meditation. Think about where you want to take your audience. This meditation session can be a visualization one so that you can really focus on “taking your audience on a trip.” Here is a great article to help you on structuring your script.
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Want to use this challenge to complete some badge requirements? See below!
Junior: You can use this challenge to help you complete step 3 – know how to stress less – in the Staying Fit badge! In this step, you have the option to create a stress-free zone which you will have done to create your area for meditating. You can use this area for more than just meditating though, you can use it when you need a break, when you’re upset, or when you just need a little pick-me-up for the day.
Cadette: You can use this challenge to help you complete step 1 – make yourself happier – in the Science of Happiness badge! In this step, you can achieve two of the steps by meditating and writing a meditation script; options 1 or 3. When getting into the state of “flow”, you can choose a focused meditation which doesn’t have to be sitting still with your eyes closed. A focused meditation can be focusing on a book, writing, on breathing, running, etc. Using focus can help you be in the present moment. You can also use meditation in option 3 with visualization meditation. While meditating, envision three blessings you are grateful for and it will bring you to a happy and calm place.