Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Moving meditations

There are times when I cannot settle myself enough to properly meditate; nervous energy, too much caffeine or a desire to keep moving can all be culprits. If you can't sit still, there is no reason why you can't employ a moving meditation technique.

To me, moving meditations are physically absorbing tasks that free up the mind to turn inward.  Knitting, crochet, walking, sanding, swaying and weeding are all good choices.  The trick is to find something that you can do without thinking much about it.  I like to crochet.  If I choose a pattern that is repetitious, after a couple of practice rows, I get into the rhythm and it becomes very easy to tune out everything except the repeating movement and the emptiness of my mind.  Wrap, hook, pull, wrap, hook, pull acts the same way bells or drumming do as meditation aids.  Sometimes I listen to a guided meditation on my mp3 player while I work, but it's not a requirement.

If you can't find the time or stillness to meditate, moving meditations may help.  Find some repetitive task that you can devote some time to (start with say 10 minutes and work your way up), and let your mind wander (or stop thinking).  The rhythm of the task and your breathing will sync up and you may find relaxation in movement.  If you already walk daily, you can pick a familiar path and focus on the area directly ahead of you.  However you do it, meditation can have a very positive effect of your brain chemistry, physiology and spirituality.

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