Move into your meditation
I am a huge fan of meditation to calm my mind and get more clarity. Most days, I like to do my meditation in the mornings right after waking up. To guide me through my practice, I enjoy using apps like Headspace or Buddhify. However, lately, I have been feeling too restless to even sit down and practice a little bit of mindfulness for ten minutes. Instead of dreading this, I have been trying out an alternative: moving meditations!
A moving meditation can be defined as A meditative state – a shift of consciousness – while doing simple movements.
It works because the practice provides enough physical effort to keep the body busy. At the same time, you will not be overthinking because it is just simple movements.
Like a fish in the water
Here, in The Netherlands, swimming is something we all learn as a child. This is kind of a prerequisite when living below sea level. After receiving the first few swimming diploma’s, I didn’t really perform this kind of exercise. The only exception being swimming during holidays of course. I got triggered to start swimming again by none other than Ryan Holiday. On his Instagram stories, he often posts about his morning swim and how it is a mindfulness practice. There’s just something about being in the water, floating, and making a few laps.
Breathing into poses
Yoga is my favorite when I feel stiff from sitting behind my desk or in the car for hours at end. The type of yoga I enjoy is vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa is a type of yoga that links movement and breath in order to attain balance in the mind and body. During this practice, vinyasa aligns a deliberate sequence of poses with the breath to achieve a continuous flow. I take classes once or twice a week in my gym club. If I am in the mood for yoga at home, Yoga with Adriene is my go to.
Walking in touch with nature
I love living in a big city in the economic center of The Netherlands. However, it can also be a little bit much as it also means dealing with traffic jams, crowds of people, and lots of pollution. To escape a little bit and get more in touch with nature, I like to take walks on the weekend. A walk in a park, on the beach, in the forest or around a lake is only a fifteen-minute ride from where I live. I just like to walk around without any particular technique or method in mind.
How do you feel about moving meditations? Is it something you like to try or replace your current mindfulness practice with? What are your favorite ways to move in meditation? Let us know in the comments below!