When most of us think of meditation, we think about sitting in quiet stillness and emptying our mind of all thoughts. Yet, meditation can be as fluid as life itself. One way to engage in meditation is through movement. Yoga, for example, can be a form of moving meditation. Ideally, meditation allows us to bring our body, heart, mind and soul in alignment.
If the thought of sitting perfectly still for 20 minutes is too daunting, or if you’ve been meditating for years and would like to get off your tush for a change, you may want to try a moving meditation.
Moving meditation is an easy mediation method because it allows us to break free from the rules and rigidity of traditional meditation practices.
Unlike yoga or certain types of dance, which have specific asanas, moves or steps, a moving meditation can be completely your own creation. The idea is to give yourself permission to “go with the flow.” With your intention, you can allow yourself to tune in with Spirit, your divinity or even a particular deity and move your body accordingly.
Moving meditation can free us of the constriction of a sitting meditation and help us feel connected to all parts of ourselves as well as the Divine.
Begin your moving meditation on a yoga mat or throw blanket. Create a sacred space for yourself. For example, you can dim the lights, light some candles or incense, smudge yourself with sage, turn of the phone and put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door. Wear comfortable clothing; pick something easy to move in and/or something that makes you feel good. Play or create a CD that inspires you; perhaps you choose one song for each chakra. Relax your jaw and belly. As you move, focus your attention on each chakra, or on the deity or intention you want to tune into during your meditation. Release judgment; this is your time to simply move the way you choose to move.
Here is a moving meditation you can try for yourself, including a song list (with album and artist, of course!). Remember, these are simply suggestions, not rules. As your transition from the hustle and bustle of earthly living during the daytime toward the dreamy spiritual realms in the evening, this would be a good meditation to wind down your day. It begins at your root chakra and moves upward to your crown. Or, you may choose to reverse the order to begin your day, starting with the crown and moving down to the root.
- Invocation – Select music that aligns with your intention. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths. Keep a low gaze while moving. Feel into the music, open your heart and allow yourself to merge with the Divine. Spirit Rap (Spirit Rap) by Astarius
- Root – Pound your feet into the ground. Connect with the energy of Mother Earth as she nourishes your first chakra. Be primal in your movements. Squat. Touch, pound and pick at the earth with your hands. Drums of Reflection (Dynamic Dancing) by Power of Movement
- Pelvis – Allow your hips to sway and move in circles. Dip and move low to the ground, keeping your feet close to the ground. Keep your hands on the lower parts of your body; buttocks, thighs, knees. Feel into your sensuality. Harlem’s Nocturne (Diary of Alicia Keys) by Alicia Keys
- Solar Plexus – Stand tall, yet relax your belly. Caress your trunk, allowing your hands to bless your belly and solar plexus, giving yourself a body hug. Move from your middle; move in circles, waves, bends. Notice your power. The Sun (Sacred Movement, compiled by Max Strom) by B-Tribe
- Heart – Place your hands over your heart. Feel deeply into your heart, just for you, then open your heart and your arms outward to the world. Move with Love. Feel the connection between you, Heaven and Earth and all beings. Intro: Loving (Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship) by india.arie
- Throat – Gently lift your head tall to reveal and open your throat. Use your voice; make noise, moan, sing, sigh, say an affirmation out loud. Stretch your arms upward to the heavens. Stay open in your movements as you become a channel of Spirit’s will. I Give Myself Permission (Songs of the Spirit I) by Karen Drucker
- Third Eye – Move into a sitting position (chair or floor) and gently begin slow head circles. Allow Spirit to bless your third eye while looking up, and Mother Earth to bless it while looking down. Connect with your intuition. Otherworld (Fairy Heart Magic) by Gary Stadler with Stephannie
- Crown – Still sitting, lift your arms high to the heavens and gather all its gifts. Slowly, lovingly, bring them into your crown chakra with your hands, then allow your hands to drip down your face and body bringing into your body all the Love of the Universe! Seventh Chakra: Be Still (Chakra Healing Chants) by Sophia
There are many ways to meditate, and many of them have rules about meditation to follow. Yet, the beauty of moving meditation is that it is an easy meditation method which anyone can practice. It can be both contemplative and enjoyable while bringing your body and soul into alignment.
Maybe you are ready to allow yourself to reach a heightened level of spiritual – and body – awareness with your own creative moving meditation.