Sometimes a seated meditation practice doesn’t cut it. For those who get antsy, or who have a busy mind it can come as a relief to know that meditation doesn’t only take place in lotus position on a tufted cushion with the hands ever so gently resting in the lap. Sure, this seated style will achieve a quiet mind, but it’s not the only way!
When my mind is so damn active, you know, when the thoughts cry out with urgency one right after the other, a gentle breath isn’t strong enough to clear them out.
Which is why I propose movement meditation.
By connecting the mind and body in movement we can achieve the same results as seated meditation. I’ve tried it myself. It works!
When the thoughts are coming in fast and furious, we may need to engage the body in a bigger way that goes beyond sitting and breathing. Sometimes it takes a foot stomping, heart pounding movement to clear space. By bringing mindful movement into the picture, it adds another dimension for connection — something else to hook up with the breath.
So what does movement meditation look like?
In my apartment, it’s me on a yoga mat allowing my body to follow the breath into expression. Sometimes it’s in yoga (vinyasa = movement + breath), other times it’s more of an improvisational-I-have-no-idea-where-this-is-going type of groove. It’s when the breath guides my mind into the body.
Movement meditation can also be practiced while walking, running, cleaning, playing sports, making art, cooking — and on the dance floor! Basically any kind of action that feels right to you.
It’s a way to move through life fully immersed in the present –the body is calm (while still moving!) and the mind becomes clear.
What’s your experience with movement meditation?