Often when people think of meditation they think of a large room full of Buddhas, incense sticks burning, and a CD playing with a sound of a waterfall or spiritual music. While this certainly is a form of meditation, it is not the only way to do it. Many people simply don't meditate because they don't believe they have time to set all that stuff up.
The fact is that meditation can be done anytime anywhere. I view everything you do with your totality and focus to be a form of meditation. It doesn't matter of you're shoveling snow, raking leaves, working out, practicing martial arts, Yoga, Dance, running, etc. It's ALL meditation to me! SO what elements are needed to make it meditation? No doubt some of you reading this are thinking that these activities don't feel at all like meditation. But it can be! So what's required?
Your breathing should be controlled and done deeply with the stomach. NOT shallow chest breathing or mouth breathing. Remember, you don't eat with your nose. So don't breathe in with your mouth! Gently touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Then when you breathe in with your nose, you WILL breathe properly with your stomach. The ultimate goal should be to strive to make this your default breathing all the time! This way, you will be in a state of almost "perpetual meditation"!
This applies more to moving meditation obviously, but it still applies to stationary meditation. You want to always feel as though everything is connected. For example there is a posture in the I Chuan meditation (demonstrated in the video) where I imagine a large ball filled with helium thats trying to float up. I need to consciously keep it down. So in order to do that, you need to connect your legs, hips, core, shoulders, arms, and everything else so that you are standing in a connected and coordinated manner.
FOCUS AND TOTALITY
This is really key and in fact the first two requirements cannot exist unless you do it with your totality and focus. And one of the major benefits of meditation is that it improves your focus. Its up to you to make everything you do a form of meditation. If all these things are in place, then you ARE doing meditation! Remember this and you simply cannot go wrong!
In the video I demonstrate the I Chuan version of meditation. This works especially well to improve focus, There are a total of nine postures. It is not necessary to do them all each time you meditate or in the same order. But one rule is that you must finish with the final posture (#9). It is still a good idea to practice a specific form of meditation such as this, but remember that this too can be done anytime anywhere without any extensive preparation or making a big production out of it. If you practice these meditative practices on a regular basis, not only will your fitness improve, but virtually every element of your life will as well!
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