I'm a big fan of meditation and try to do it every day for at least 20 minutes. While I probably could use a little bit longer, at least sitting for 20 minutes a day helps me to calm my mind, organize my thoughts, and be more productive throughout the day.
However, there are plenty of people for whom meditation is not possible. The practice is too "boring" or it just doesn't prove as gratifying as other methods of relaxation and reflection. This is one of the reasons why people often find a "moving mediation" or some type of activity that can be meditative in nature. These activities remove stress and anxiety because they allow you to focus on what you are doing or creating in the moment.
With these five simple and meditative practices, you can take an ordinary practice from your day and make it something special.
Simple, Yet Relaxing
1. Cooking -- Just like anything else in life, you can approach cooking with a number of perspectives. On the one hand, it can be a burden that is too time consuming for you to do on your own or it could be a source of great joy and pride. You don't need to be a professional chef to cook your own food from scratch and create something that is delicious and meditative.
There is something about cutting the vegetables, being focused on the task at hand (like not burning the garlic!) that makes the entire process worthwhile in a way you may have never thought of.
2. Coffee & Tea -- Just like cooking, you can take one of many perspectives with making and drinking either coffee or tea. Either it is a source to fulfill a drug addiction (caffeine) or it is a way to create a great work of art. Sure, Starbucks has coffee for sale, but you can create an entire ritual and practice around coffee that is completely different.
Grinding your own coffee beans provides a special aroma as does the plethora of other ways to make it. Have you ever heard of an aeropress? Well, it's a unique (and rare) way to filter coffee that adds to the process. Unless you take a look at the finer things, it's impossible to see these possibilities.
3. Yoga -- This is pretty self-explanatory and it is probably one of the most popular ways of doing a moving meditation. There are dozens of yoga studios in most major cities and it was traditionally meant to serve this purpose. If you are planning to start a yoga practice, you will quickly find that it has many of the perspectives as meditation, but it is perceived as less boring.
Some people choose to think of yoga as a way of improving their flexibility and this is a byproduct, but most often it is not the best result. Try to think of yoga as a tool to get you into your body and focused on breathing and behaving with presence.
4. Artwork -- Whether it is music, writing poetry, or drawing, artwork of any kind is a great meditation. While most people who do art have a good relationship to it, there are plenty who never make the time to create artwork of their choice. When it comes to what to create, just do whatever feels best. For some people it is visual, others it is instrumental.
The point is to do something for the purpose of doing it rather than having an objective. This allows you to create from a more meditative place, which is calming and relaxing without being completely silent and still.
Find a Moving Meditation for Yourself
Now that you have a few ideas, find a moving meditation practice that resonates with you and try to make sure it helps to calm and relax you in some way. You might find that the oddest things are meditative (such as martial arts) and it all depends on your perspective.