You don't have to meditate to get the benefits of mediation. Movement and mindful practices will similarly give you these benefits, ie activities / practices such as surfing, gardening, watching sunsets or knitting....
What is your thing? If it gives you a sense of calm and peace it is a meditative practice that is good for you and done regularly will contribute to good health and mental wellbeing.
Below we've shared a couple activities we've found that are calming, stress reducers and spark joy in us:-
* LISTENING TO MUSIC. Seems obvious but take time out to enjoy your favourite tunes. Chill out or dance like nobody is watching.
* COLOURING. I have at least three adult colour in therapy books full of wonderful madalas. I find this a relaxing and uncomplicated activity where the mind switches off and like meditation you are in the moment.
* OBSERVING THE WORLD AROUND ME. When out for a walk, whether simply around the neighbourhood or down at the beach or on a hike in a national park, I find observing the beauty of nature around me good for the soul. I love checking out the flowers, noticing what the birds are doing, watching the surf roll in...
* BEING MINDFUL, CENTRED AND CALM. I try to make efforts to be mindful. I found that the exercise promoted by the 2017 Calm App very good to do at the start of each day (or at times when feeling overwhelmed) - stop and observe 5 things you can SEE, 4 things you can HEAR, 3 things you can FEEL, 2 things you can SMELL, and 1 thing you can TASTE.