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Monday, January 9, 2012

Moving Meditation - Alternative Meditation Guide

Sitting still doesn't come easy for me.  When I started learning about meditation, over twenty years ago, I was one of those that would sit and feel my nose twitch, toe itch, peek from under my lashes to look at the clock type meditator. For most of my meditation life I have found guided meditations to work the best even if I am guiding them myself. Sitting quietly and emptying my mind just didn't do it for me.



Toning and Meditation


Around eight years ago I started toning and discovered a new avenue for meditation. While toning it seems I can let go of thoughts and just sit but I still prefer to sway at least a little. I love the feeling of vibrations that run through my body as I am toning through a meditation. Toning can be anything from humming to full on, open mouth, deep or high tones. Sometimes I go through the chakra tones.


Beginning to Move


Over the last couple of years I have learned how to do Shamanic Breathwork and Trance dance. Both can be a type of meditational journey.  I noticed that I seemed to move a lot during each of these. I decided to experiment with moving to world music (mostly James Asher) as a moving meditation.  Even if I don't receive insights (sometimes I do) while I am moving and dancing to the music, mostly with my eyes closed, (for about fifteen minutes) I usually have some type of inspiration within a few minutes after and I then journal it out. 

Try It Yourself
If you are like me and have a hard time meditating, try putting on two to four pieces of music from medium to fast with a slow down at the end. Sway, wiggle, vibrate, moving any which way that feels good and comfortable to you. If any movement causes pain stop moving in that way. Only do what you are comfortable with.


Do you meditate?


How do you meditate?




Blessings,
Morgan Dragonwillow


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2 comments:

  1. It seems the most commonly suggested meditation posture involves sitting with spine straight and hands upturned on your lap. Can't very well sit up straight while flat on your back. So I decided to heck with it, I'm going to meditate lying down. Seems to work fine. I like how you are able to receive insights during/after meditative dancing. QiGong has a walking meditation. I like these types as well. I think Anyaa McAndrew said meditation thru movement is more of a feminine way of meditating. Sometimes when I sit to meditate, I find swaying helpful--if nothing else, with concentration.
    Heidi Bright

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  2. Hi Heidi, In the beginning I could only meditate laying down as well. I just couldn't relax enough sitting up. I think whatever works for the person meditating is right and perfect. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

    Blessings,
    Morgan Dragonwillow

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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