3 words exhaled on the exertion: strength, love, growth. On the inhale, 2 words: thank you.
When most people think of meditation, they picture people sitting motionless, cross-legged on the floor, back straight with wrists gently resting on their knees; slow and steady breathing and perhaps a soft, audible “om” emanating from inside them. This condition of calmness is said to be able to quiet the storms of the mind, restore energies and connections with the universe and bring a sense of peace within. As attractive as the benefits of this kind of meditation are, I have never been a person who “sits still” very long or very well. Believe me, I’ve tried! So while my physical self allows for the limber, balanced endurance of such a traditional practice, it is my spirit that moves me. So, I practice what I call moving meditation. Picture a person with double-knotted running shoes, striding forward at 10.5 kph on a treadmill, shoulders down, hips slightly tucked under with elbows kept close to her sides; after every third step, a series of conscious and controlled breaths with 3 words exhaled on the exertion: strength, love, growth. On the inhale, 2 words: thank you. During the 30 minutes or less it takes me to travel 5 kilometers, my mind is free, my body is fueling, and my heart is grateful. The KRISnetic energy is running high and all is right with the world!