How to meditate in your swing hammock

Meditation is a wonderful activity that you can complete on your own each day. It can give you a sense of peace, tranquillity and balance that is beneficial for your emotional well-being and health. The benefits of meditation can also continue long after the meditation session and can help you manage symptoms relating to anxiety, stress management and even pain management.  

For beginners learning how to meditate, it is a common struggle to ‘switch off’ from the world during their meditation sessions. It’s why many choose to begin their meditation journey with a hammock.

A swing hammock is a great meditation tool – after all, they are the international symbol of relaxation.  The gentle sweeping motion can lull you into a state of tranquilly to help you meditate.

We have put together five easy steps to start meditating in your hammock for five to 10 minutes every day:

1.)    First and foremost, turn off any phones, televisions and other distracting appliances or noises. Set the timer for your desired session time.

2.)    Climbing into your hammock and position yourself so you are comfortable, with your hands gently resting on your belly and close your eyes.

3.)    While breathing normally, notice the rise and fall of your belly with every inhalation and exhalation. Try to focus on your breathing cycles and avoid actively thinking.

4.)    If you find your mind wanders, remind yourself that this is normal in meditation and focus your attention back to your breath.

5.)    At the sound of your timer buzzing, simply take a moment to gently arise yourself from this state of relaxation. Stretch your arms and legs and when you are ready to do so, open your eyes.

At the beginning of your meditation journey, you may find it difficult to concentrate and feel frustrated in your active mind. If this occurs, simply label the thought that pops into your head as “this is a thought” and return to focusing on your breath.

Remember, like everything in life, the more you practice the better you will become.