Want to Meditate with your Eyes Wide Open? Try one of these 50 Everyday Activities to get you in the Zone. No cushion needed.

I’m going to be upfront with you. I believe meditation is a big piece of spiritual life. I haven’t found a better practice to release my pesky, troubling thoughts so that I can feel my natural state of peace.

But I get it. I live in the real world too. I understand you don’t always have time to meditate. When you do make time, it can be hard to quiet your thoughts.

Or, maybe you set aside time in your life for your meditation practice, but you want to be in that meditative state more often without having to shut yourself away in your room with your eyes closed.

Take heart. You don’t have to completely unplug from your life all the time to meditate. 

Below are 50 everyday activities that will get you in the zone.

They may surprise you because they seem so ordinary, but they work. When doing these activities, you naturally fall into a rhythm. Rhythmic movement helps stop the chattering mind so that you become aware of your natural peaceful state.

Once you’ve practiced finding the peace that resides within you, you’ll be able to maintain this state more in everyday life. Soon, life becomes your meditation practice. 

50 Ordinary Meditation Activities

  • Drumming
  • Swimming
  • Collaging
  • Gazing at clouds
  • Sewing
  • Running
  • Mowing the grass
  • Dancing
  • Bicycling
  • Viewing sunsets
  • Driving long distances
  • Drawing
  • Chanting
  • Coloring
  • Yoga
  • Hiking
  • Chopping wood
  • Staring at a starry sky
  • Rowing
  • Cross-stitching
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Hitting golf balls at the range
  • Chopping vegetables
  • Painting
  • Watching the waves
  • Shoveling snow
  • Sailing
  • Walking a labyrinth
  • Swinging 
  • Rocking a baby
  • Humming
  • Drawing
  • Weeding a garden
  • Observing wildlife
  • Kneading bread
  • Folding towels
  • Showering
  • Knitting
  • Scrubbing something clean
  • Crocheting
  • Listening to the sound of a fan
  • Peeling carrots
  • Polishing silver
  • Reciting prayers
  • Waxing your car
  • Horseback riding
  • Throwing pottery
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Ironing
  • Raking leaves