Intimidated By Sitting Meditation? Get Moving

Whatís the main complaint that I hear most often from meditation newbies?

I canít sit still for that long. Itís boring. I donít 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, Iím here to tell you that meditation does not have to be that regimented practice we see plastered all over the web. You donít 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, ďItís really about finding moments in the day that are for yourself,Ē she says. ďBallet class is a form of meditation for me. Itís something that I do every single morning, and itís nice to have a space in time where your body knows that youíre working to become stronger.Ē

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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 stableóa 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.

Donít worry about doing it properly. Just do what feels right for you, and do it every day.

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Peggy B
Peggy Babout a month ago

TYFS

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Wilde Thange
Wilde Thangeabout a month 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 Kabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Amanda M
Amanda Mabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing

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Amanda M
Amanda Mabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

Thanks.

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Clare O
Clare O'Bearaabout a month ago

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Clare O
Clare O'Bearaabout a month ago

think positive

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Danii P
Danii Pabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Amanda M
Amanda Mabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing

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