Intro To Meditation: Moving Meditation
In my previous post, we talked about how to start a seated meditation practice. Now it’s time for another type of meditation. Intro to Meditation: Moving Meditation Practice. This is part 2 of the previous post.
Moving Meditation is one of my favorite forms of meditation. Every summer, my family and I go to the Sierras in Northen California. We go on daily hikes allowing us to connect with nature, quiet our minds and meditate as we hike.
People don’t always realize you can practice meditation anytime. The practice of meditation includes a wide range of techniques.
You can choose the types of meditation that suit your lifestyle the best, or choose a simple technique that can be applied during a mid-day yoga break at home or in the office.
People don’t always realize you can practice meditation anytime, anywhere.
Best of all, meditation doesn’t have to be practiced sitting still.
Ways to Practice
People often think that to meditate you need to to do it for a long time in a seated position, like monks or advanced yoga practitioners in India.
The fact is there is not a right or wrong way to meditate.
You can meditate as you walk or run — you can do a moving meditation. Some people have told me they meditate as they are planting flowers in their yards, others speak of entering a meditative state as they paint or create an art piece.
To do a walking meditation, simply keep your mind in the present moment as you take a mindful walk around the block. The idea is to simply enjoy your walk and not worry about getting somewhere in particular. Just enjoy the fact that you’re walking and take the time to absorb what’s around you — the sounds, the smell of grass, etc.
You could add a mantra or repeat a meaningful phrase to yourself as you walk. Pick a phrase that fits with your movement and your breath. For example, as you breathe in, “I am grateful” and as you breathe out, “For…”
A moving meditation is very similar to a walking meditation, the difference is that it may be done while you run, practice yoga, swim or any other type of activity.
Now that you know you don’t need to sit for hours at the time I encourage you to give meditation a try.
Happy Moving Meditation practice!