When most of us think of meditation, we think about sitting in quiet stillness and emptying our mind of all thoughts. Yet, meditation can be as fluid as life itself. One way to engage in meditation is through movement. Yoga, for example, can be a form of moving meditation. Ideally, meditation allows us to bring our body, heart, mind and soul in alignment.
If the thought of sitting perfectly still for 20 minutes is too daunting, or if you've been meditating for years and would like to get off your tush for a change, you may want to try a moving meditation.
Moving meditation is an easy mediation method because it allows us to break free from the rules and rigidity of traditional meditation practices.
Unlike yoga or certain types of dance, which have specific asanas, moves or steps, a moving meditation can be completely your own creation. The idea is to give yourself permission to "go with the flow." With your intention, you can allow yourself to tune in with Spirit, your divinity or even a particular deity and move your body accordingly.
Moving meditation can free us of the constriction of a sitting meditation and help us feel connected to all parts of ourselves as well as the Divine.
Begin your moving meditation on a yoga mat or throw blanket. Create a sacred space for yourself. For example, you can dim the lights, light some candles or incense, smudge yourself with sage, turn of the phone and put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door. Wear comfortable clothing; pick something easy to move in and/or something that makes you feel good. Play or create a CD that inspires you; perhaps you choose one song for each chakra. Relax your jaw and belly. As you move, focus your attention on each chakra, or on the deity or intention you want to tune into during your meditation. Release judgment; this is your time to simply move the way you choose to move.
Here is a moving meditation you can try for yourself, including a song list (with album and artist, of course!). Remember, these are simply suggestions, not rules. As your transition from the hustle and bustle of earthly living during the daytime toward the dreamy spiritual realms in the evening, this would be a good meditation to wind down your day. It begins at your root chakra and moves upward to your crown. Or, you may choose to reverse the order to begin your day, starting with the crown and moving down to the root.
There are many ways to meditate, and many of them have rules about meditation to follow. Yet, the beauty of moving meditation is that it is an easy meditation method which anyone can practice. It can be both contemplative and enjoyable while bringing your body and soul into alignment.
Maybe you are ready to allow yourself to reach a heightened level of spiritual - and body - awareness with your own creative moving meditation.