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Moving Meditation

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!

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  • Sonya Shannon March 27, 2014, 11:40 pm

    I love this moving meditation! I cannot run, so I tend to walk. I listen to meditative chants from the Kundalini yoga tradition. Kundalini is for moving energy up into the higher aspects of our being, so the music often has a great beat for getting into a quick pace and sustaining it for at least 11 minutes per song. I like to walk around a lake in my neighborhood and meditate on the changing seasons – there are geese on the ice in winter, turtles in spring, paddle boats in summer, and pelicans and ducks in the fall. Walking relaxes my mind and walking fast takes the stress out of the day. Thanks so much for sharing this great exercise / mind cleanse!!

    • Kristina Eisenhower March 28, 2014, 12:02 am

      Thanks for sharing your moves regarding meditation. Listening to chants is a great next step for me! I had no access to any when I first posted my moving meditation technique.

      • Sonya Shannon March 28, 2014, 3:45 am

        The words of the chant have a similar effect to the “mantra” you mention “saying” as you breathe in and out. I think the simple words, combined with the rhythm of the breath and the body’s movement are what cleanses the mind. Thanks again for a GREAT post!

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