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Active Meditation is Healthier Than Seated Meditation for Sedentary People

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests sitting for long periods of time is unhealthy, if not deadly. Heart disease, obesity, and depression are just a few consequences of inactivity, and in most cases, these conditions could be prevented if our bodies were a little more active.

It is hard not to wonder what kind of harmful effects sitting in meditation might be doing to our health. If stiff knees and a tight lower back weren’t painful enough, the thought of damaging your health while trying to gain inner peace seems blatantly counterproductive.

For those who have a sedentary job, or are addicted to the television set, practicing a form of active meditation instead of the classic seated meditation might be a better option.

The following suggestions will promote health by getting your body moving while still enjoying the mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of meditation.

Walking or running meditation

This is by far the best way to slip into a meditative state while being active. Choose a place to walk or run that is free from distraction, such as a trail in the woods, or a path by a quiet lake. Try not to direct your thoughts to any one thing, instead, allow for a stream of thoughts to come in and out of your mind.

Eventually, with practice, you will gain mental clarity and will find it easier to make decisions or come up with a great idea.

Cleaning or yard work meditation

With the right frame of mind, cleaning or doing yard work can be very Zen. Sweeping, raking, or mowing the lawn is very rhythmic. When you connect your mind with the rhythmic cadence these activities produce, your thoughts will dissipate and leave you feeling calm and serene.

It might just change the way you feel about doing housework, as it could become your biggest form of stress relief.

Dancing meditation

You neither have to be a great dancer, nor do you have to have any rhythm to enjoy this type of active meditation. All you need to do is turn up the volume on your favorite songs, move your body, and clear the space between your two ears.

Be sure to choose music that is uplifting and has a positive message, because when you are meditating your mind acts like a sponge and it will soak in whatever you feed it.

Also Read:

Meditation Makes You Smarter

“Moving Meditation” is a Well-Appointed Faith-Based Book on Yoga and Fitness

Meditation is Fitness for Your Brain

female runner image by BigStockPhoto.com

July 17th, 2012

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Raed Bin

Grate post. Thank you. The crucial point I think when doing meditation is you have to believe that you are originally pure. The soul is pure when it expresses innate truths. Here is one of the best tool I think, helping in meditation.

posted Jul 21st, 2012 12:24 am


jill

stream of consciousness meditation gets a bad rap every time. for some, it's the only way to calm the mind. why criticize when the intention is for the greater good?

posted Jul 20th, 2012 11:12 pm


Kung Fu Bob

This: "Try not to direct your thoughts to any one thing, instead, allow for a stream of thoughts to come in and out of your mind." is a near perfect definition of NOT meditating. This article is clearly not thought out, and is likely the result of a writer in a hurry to just post anything in response to a news article that just became popular.

posted Jul 18th, 2012 12:19 am


sam

Sitting in yoga posture is beneficial for the body. Sitting in a chair is not.

posted Jul 17th, 2012 3:13 pm



   
 

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