Do you meditate? Do your meditation practices involve only sitting?
Did you know there are other kinds of meditation that are extremely beneficial?
The key to all types of meditation is mindfulness. Thoughts are going to ramble through your mind. Let them. Acknowledge each one and then let it go. Breath naturally, slow and steady. Feel the air enter and leave your body ─ from your belly to your nose or, if you can, from the tips of your toes to your nose.
The first one I’ll talk about is standing meditation. I was taught this in a Tai Chi class. After doing a couple of sets we were told to stand with our feet parallel and about shoulder width apart. Our arms were held out in front about chest height and palms facing inward. Other methods use different arm-hand positions, but the result is likely the same.
Among other things, here are some of the benefits of standing meditation:
- Align your chakras
- Improve energy flow throughout your body
- Improve posture
- Improve concentration and focus
- Helps you find areas of stress in your body so you can concentrate on and relax them, which is beneficial to your overall health (mentally and physically)
- May be beneficial for bone and muscle strength
The second kind of meditation is walking meditation, preferably in a natural setting such as the country or a part, rather than concrete sidewalks or busy streets. Again, walking meditation is simply mindful walking. Be aware of your feel contacting the earth below. Be aware as you breath fresh air. Pay attention to what’s around you. The trees, the grass, the water, insects, birds ─ whatever is in the environment in which you walk.
Some of the benefits of walking meditation include
- Becoming relaxed and less stressed
- Getting better sleep from moderate exercise
- Becoming conscious about the earth and the world around you and develop an appreciation of nature
- Becoming aware of and appreciate your body and how it moves
- Being fully present in the moment
I hope you’ll try one of these methods of meditation very soon. Let me know how it makes you feel.
A quick Internet search will give you a lot more information about these alternative meditation techniques and how to do them, but here are a few links to get you started:
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