In this guide we are going to look at how to create your own meditation. This DIY meditation technique will be a personal meditation that is specifically created to fulfil your individual needs. You will also learn how to teach your meditation technique to other people and how to record it as a DIY guided meditation.
Not only will this be fun, but it will also be immensely rewarding.
Why Create Your Own Meditation Technique?
Did you know, there are more than 31 meditation techniques in popular use today? Given that there are so many, you might wonder why you would want to create your own meditation method.
Simply put: your mind is your own. You know precisely what you need from meditation. And you alone have access to your mind. You know what works for you and what doesn’t. You know what makes you feel calm, peaceful and positive. You know yourself. That’s why you are the best person to create your meditation technique.
By using your own memories and imagination, you will create a powerful meditation that you can use anytime you need. And you can also share it with other people.
Let me show you how to do it.
How To Create Your Own Meditation Style
Simply follow the steps below, and you will end up with your very own DIY meditation method that you can use whenever you need to.
1: Decide what you want to get out of it
What are you creating your meditation technique for? Inner peace? Happiness? Relaxation? Concentration?
There are very many different reasons people meditate [see my list of mood benefits of meditation, for instance].
You will have your own reason for wanting to meditate. And it is important to make a note of this now. So, write down the one thing you want to get out of meditation. It could be an emotion (like happiness, calm, or joy) or it could be something more tangible (you hope to make new friends, find love, or be more productive at work).
Write down the one thing you want to get out of this meditation. And make sure you limit it to just one thing (you can always create another meditation for a different reason later on).
2: Decide what qualities you want to cultivate
If you are trying to cultivate a certain emotion (like happiness or calmness), then you already know the quality you need. In which case, you can proceed to the next step. However, if you are trying to get something tangible out of this (like you’re trying to find love or improve your career), you will need to write down the qualities you need to achieve that thing.
This sounds a little confusing, so I will give you an example.
Let’s say, for instance, that you are trying to improve your career. In this case, you will want to decide the qualities that are likely to make that happen. What personal qualities do you need to make your career better? You probably need confidence, productivity, and motivation, so go ahead and write those qualities down.
3: Recall moments when you had those qualities
Your memories contain energy that you can use today. To prove the point, simply think about the happiest time of your life. Meditate on it for two minutes. I bet you will feel much happier!
Your memories are the tools you will use to create your own DIY meditation method.
You are going to use your memories to create the qualities you wrote down above.
For instance, if you want your meditation to make you feel happy, then write down the 10 happiest moments of your life. Or, if you want to improve your career, write down 10 moments when you had the personal qualities you need to improve your career—all those times when you felt confident, motivated and productive.
To make your meditation more powerful, really focus on those memories. What was it about those memories that made you feel so good? Again, I will give an example from the meditation I created for myself.
With my meditation, I wanted just to feel happy, so I wrote down my happiest times. One of them was when I visited my home back in England, sitting on the bench outside my house to look over the countryside. When I think about that memory, I vividly remember the rolling fields outside my house back home. The memory of those fields contains powerful emotional memory.
When you create your memories, try to really focus on the exact aspect of the memory that makes you happy. Was it a person’s smile, or perhaps a fragrance or a certain sound in the memory that contains positive emotions for you? Write those things down.
By now, you should have written down what you want to achieve, the qualities you need to achieve it, and the memories associated to times when you had those qualities. You need these things before you create your DIY meditation technique, so make sure you have them noted down.
5: Now to create your own meditation
Now let’s look at how to create your own meditation. Make sure that you know what you want from the meditation, and that you have your list of memories. These two things will make it easy to create your own meditation.
The next part is to actually meditate. And this is the easy bit.
Like with most meditations, simply close your eyes and focus your mind on your breathing. Relax. Now work your way through your list of memories that you wrote down above. Vividly recall each of those memories. By the time you make it to the end of your list of memories, you will feel amazing. That’s a promise!
6: Teach other people
Now you know how to create your own meditation, you might like to teach other people to do it. This is especially helpful if you are a meditation teacher [READ: How To Become A Meditation Teacher].
There are two ways in which you could teach other people. The first is to create and record a guided meditation.
The other way is to teach them how to create their own DIY meditation. For the latter, simply go through all the steps above with them. Then they too will have their own meditation.
In this guide, we have looked at how to create your own meditation style. You can use this to create meditations for all different purposes. Perhaps you could create one meditation for relaxation, one meditation for happiness, and so on.
Remember: you are the master of your own mind. Use your memories and your imagination to create your own meditation!