Way back in the early days of this blog, (my fourth experiment to be precise) I did a happiness experiment on meditation.
My results were mixed, and I largely attributed this to the fact that I was trying guided meditations when I was going to bed, so I was already tired. Basically, I fell asleep a lot.
Lately though, I’ve been attending restorative yoga classes. They move very slowly. You get into a supported pose and stay in it for 10-15 minutes. It is low impact, but you can still get a good stretch in. I love it because it provides the environment for meditation that I’ve always needed. I’m active enough that I don’t fall asleep, but I’m slow moving enough that I can really let my mind clear out.
I’m finding that it does a spectacular job of clearing out my brain and helping me to shift gears from work-mode into evening-mode. I let the thoughts drift pass me, and eventually all of my stressful thoughts resolve themselves and leave me at peace.
Active meditations aren’t unusual. Zen Buddhism has walking meditation exercises, yoga is all about mindfulness and awareness (key concepts of meditation) and there are many more examples.
Have you ever tried meditation? Do you find it easier to meditate while moving or while staying still?