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?