Moving Meditation

Last Updated: March 30, 2018

Definition - What does Moving Meditation mean?

Moving meditation is a meditative state – a shift of consciousness – while doing simple movements. It is a way of calming the mind and creating awareness. Meditation is typically associated with stillness, lying or sitting in a comfortable posture with the focus on the breath. Yet, movement can also provide a path to contemplation.

While flowing movement from one yoga asana to another can be moving meditation, the practice of qigong, tai chi and aikido also involve moving meditation, as does walking a labyrinth and Sufi whirling. Even dance movements can form the foundation for moving meditation.

Yogapedia explains Moving Meditation

Many forms of the physical practice of yoga are, in fact, moving meditation. The simple Sun Salutation vinyasa with the mind and breath synchronized creates a meditative state with movement.

Moving meditation can also be an extension of traditional meditation, something called a slow hands moving meditation. Beginning in a comfortable seated asana, such as lotus or easy pose, with the hands resting on the thighs, the yogi brings awareness to the breath and to the hands. As the meditation deepens, the yogi feels energy flowing into the hands. Gradually, the hands are lifted and moved ever so slightly, while each sensation is observed. Eventually, the palms are turned toward each other and the yogi observes and feels the energy between them.

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