The Magic of Movement! Dance, yoga, walking, freestyle, ecstatic movement, dance therapy, feldenkrais, somatic inquiry, tai chi, qigong, jogging, doing housework, there are many forms of moveing meditations. And since meditation is so beneficial, “Science Says”, so combine that with the fact that many if not most Westerners are overweight & emotionally rather numb. Exploring Moving Meditations to find the right one for you is key.
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Meditation has many forms & each has many benefits. Some meditation simply sits in stillness, while other types include (but are not limited to) walking, moving, dancing, reclining, inverted, swimming, doing domestic chores, (but not driving any vehicle!), and jogging. Every time you can disengage from your physical reality to delve into your sensory perception (physical), your thoughts (mental), emotions, you are expanding consciousness. As you expand, you tend to elevate. Layer after layer is dissolved as you enter into Ascension, the experience of pure, divine consciousness. Ascension is pure intention.
How wonderful! What a relief! …to find a place where your movement in free & spacious. No tip toeing, no constraints. Taste the blast of freedom when you dive into Ecstatic Dance. A combination of Hatha Yoga & Ecstatic Dance Meditations. All you need is a lovely, smooth, wooden floor in a safe environment, where yiou can let your guard down. Creating safe space so you may explore “the moment”, your current experience, you may then evolve your consciousness into a more elevated plane of consciousness. Just as ‘practice makes perfect’, practicing ‘desired realities’, doing ‘reality testing’, really equips you with actual experience, though technically imaginary. Studies proove this again & again. Olympians have used creative visualization for at least centuries, if not millennia.
For thousands and thousands of years, yoga has been a practice to assist with one’s physical, mental, emotional & spiritual health & well-being. Yoga is a brilliant philosophy which recognizes that “all roads lead to Rome”, so there are various types of yoga for different personalities & tendencies. Some are more academic, other more athletic, some full of singing & dancing, others focus on service to others.
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The great thing about meditation is that there are hundreds of ways to meditate, if not more. Meditation & yoga go hand-in-hand because they both serve as catalysts for personal evolution. Meditation can be silent, sitting, walking, dancing, reclining, chanting, focusing on an object or phrase, dissolving awareness into a universal perspective, observing your breathing, gazing at a sunrise or sunset. You see, meditation takes many forms & can serve in many ways. Mindfulness meditation is very popular as it calms the chatter of your mind, to restore your connection to well-being.
By combining the movement of dance with the soothing flow of meditation, you can reap so many benefits: physical, mental, emotional & spiritual well-being. You can choose to dance quietly or with you choice of music or environmental sounds, even spoken word. You can dance to your favorite choreography or move freely,, however your body wants. By trusting your instincts, more and more, you will deepen your self-awareness & self-mastery.
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“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.”
“Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves.”
– Pema Chodron