I’ve been practicing meditation for about two years now and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. I believe that everyone should do themselves a favor and learn to meditate however I know it’s not for everyone. Luckily there are other ways to practice mindfulness besides actually sitting in meditation. Below are three of my favorite ways to practice Meditation in Motion.
- Yoga – Yoga has been around about as long as meditation and has been shown to have many of, if not more benefits to our body, mind and soul. Practice meditation for just a few minutes a day can relieve stress and anxiety while improving flexibility and much more.
- Martial Arts – Most traditional martial arts such as Kung Fu, Karate and Tae Kwon Do incorporate meditation right into their practice because of its benefits to the art itself, however simply practicing the arts is a great way to practice mindfulness. Many traditional martial arts practice kata, or a series of techniques in a controlled manner which allows the artist to focus on their breathing and their body, anchoring them in the moment.
- Dance – Much like yoga and martial arts taking a few moments everyday to simply dance is an easy and enjoyable way to practice mindfulness. Focusing on your body and how it moves naturally is a great way to melt away stress and anxiety. No music? No problem, just move! You might be surprised at how easily your body can dance when you let it.
Meditation in motion might sound a bit simple and obvious and that’s because it is. Practicing not only promotes relaxation and happiness but also keeps you in great shape. Take a few minutes every day to put your mind in your body and before you know it your problems will seem far, far away.