Intimidated By Sitting Meditation? Get Moving

What’s the main complaint that I hear most often from meditation newbies?

I can’t sit still for that long. It’s boring. I don’t think this meditation stuff is for me.

By now, everyone knows that meditation helps you become a more balanced, stable, happy version of yourself. If you live an on-the-go, high strung lifestyle, you probably need meditation even more than the average person. Meditation not only reduces stress (raise your hand if you have a lot of that), but it can improve concentration, memory, happiness, overall health and self-acceptance. It’s the cheapest cure for imbalance there is.

But for some of us, meditation is really, really hard. Sitting still does not come easily and the whole meditating scene can seem a little New Age-y from the outside. Plus, it’s easy to feel a little absurd when you sit in a corner and try to meditate for the first time.

Well, friend, I’m here to tell you that meditation does not have to be that regimented practice we see plastered all over the web. You don’t have to become a monk, sitting silently in the darkness, to make meditation work for you. The most important part about mediation is that you do it. How you go about that is up to you.

A good example of this is professional ballerina Misty Copeland. According to an with The Cut, she said, “It’s really about finding moments in the day that are for yourself,” she says. “Ballet class is a form of meditation for me. It’s something that I do every single morning, and it’s nice to have a space in time where your body knows that you’re working to become stronger.”

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Meditation is a headspace. There are no rules. If a ballet barre is what centers Copeland, who can say she is not mediating? For many people, a moving form of meditation might be more attainable than sitting in quiet stillness. Plus, you get the benefit of physical activity alongside, which is always a good thing.

But not all forms of movement are meditative. It needs to be something that doesn’t require much thought, but does require intense focus and concentration. Think of an activity you find almost spiritual. Perhaps it is running in the early morning with only the sound of your rhythmic strides and the chirping birds in your ears. Perhaps it is an at-home yoga practice. The point is to get out of your own head. Find something to do alone that makes you feel satisfied and quiets your internal dialogue. Allow yourself to get in the zone. That’s moving meditation, and it feels wonderful.

Do what makes you feel most stable—a daily yoga practice, a ballet barre, a bike ride, tai chi, a morning run, tennis drills, a daily hike, whatever. There is no right and wrong when it comes to your meditation practice. Having a movement practice that you can lose yourself in each and every day can be just as effective for your mental wellness as 10 minutes of oms any day.

Don’t worry about doing it properly. Just do what feels right for you, and do it every day.

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Ruth S
Ruth S27 days ago

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Ruth S
Ruth S27 days ago

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William C
William C7 months ago

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W. C
W. C7 months ago

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Peggy B
Peggy B8 months ago

TYFS

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Wilde Thange
Wilde Thange8 months ago

Just be careful because if you alternate thinking positive with thinking negative you will get an alternating current that could electrocute you! The best way is just shift into neutral for awhile and let your mind idle.

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Janis K
Janis K8 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Amanda M
Amanda McConnell8 months ago

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Amanda M
Amanda McConnell8 months ago

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Ruth S
Ruth S8 months ago

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