Alternatives to seated meditation
From walking meditation to daily life practice meditation, there are many alternatives to sitting down for hours on end trying to clear your mind.
Meditation is a practice that is constantly being studied, with more and more health benefits being discovered. So far, studies have revealed that regular meditation can help reduce anxiety and sensitivity to pain, ward off illness, prevent stress and even improve cognitive function.
As great as this sounds – what if you struggle to find the time to shut yourself away and meditate for hours on end? Thankfully, sitting on a cushion and chanting is not the only way you can meditate. The following four methods can easily fit into your life and do not involve uncomfortably crossing your legs…
1. Walking meditation
In the Zen tradition, walking meditation is called kinhin and calls for practitioners to walk slowly and continuously whilst staying aware of the mind and body. To get the most from this type of meditation breathe deeply and really experience the motions of the body. As the movement needs to be continuous, be sure to pick a large area like a park or field where you can roam safely.
2. Tai Chi
Meaning ‘Grand Ultimate’ in Chinese, this ancient wellness practice looks to align energy in both the body and mind through moving meditation. The contemplative practice helps to realign this energy, or chi, which can cause pain and illness when misaligned.
3. Dance meditation
Have you ever really let loose on the dance floor, not giving two hoots what others are thinking? Well, dance meditation takes this concept to the next level. The practice asks participants to let go of the ego and surrender themselves to the rhythms and ecstasies of movement. Some classes even encourage shouting, jumping and any other primal noises/actions.
4. Daily life practice Meditation
Also known as Samu work meditation, this practice encourages you to employ meditative techniques in daily tasks such as washing the dishes or walking to work. The technique calls for practitioners to slow down these types of tasks to half speed and to be extra mindful and focused on thoughts.
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