Meditation is HUGE these days.
More and people are drifting towards Meditation to find solace in their busy lives.
In today’s fast-paced world, where everyone of us is in a hurry to achieve goals and meet the deadlines, we seldom find time to slow down and enjoy the process.
People are caught up in their own thoughts and fail to give enough attention to their health, which can turn out to be really counter-productive in the long run.
If you have had problem, like I did, in sitting still for even a few minutes in the same place with your eyes closed and legs crossed, then sitting meditation is not for you.
As enthusiastic beginners, it is really difficult to focus all your attention at a single point and step outside your zone of “being you” to “being the observer”.
Sometimes you may get so involved in your thought process, that eventually you’ll forget the very state of meditation that you were trying to be in.
Well you are not alone! And this is a common problem for beginners.
And there is nothing to worry about because this is just one of the many forms of meditations that exist today.
So What is Meditation?
Meditation is the practice, in which an individual tries to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.
There are lot of misconceptions about Meditation in the Western world which I would like to clear.
There is no such thing as doing Meditation.
There is a big difference in “Doing Meditation” and “Being Meditative”.
Being Meditative is a natural consequence if you can keep your mind, body and spirit in a certain state of peaceful harmony.
While sitting with your eyes closed and trying too hard to focus on your breath is a reason why too many people give up on meditation.
We all know, that humans are capable of doing n number of things with their eyes closed, from imagining about things to just sleeping in a sitting position.
This is the reason why the act of doing meditation turns out to be counter-productive in most cases.
You need to commit to working on your thoughts, emotions and body by doing daily practice. Only then, you will become meditative by default.
You can basically meditate anywhere at any time, sitting or standing, moving or not moving,in quietness or to music,in traffic or in nature, doesn’t matter, as long as it suits your liking and style.
If sitting meditation is not for you, then you can try moving meditation.
What is Moving Mediation?
As the name suggests, it is the form of meditation that is done with the help of movements.
It involves moving in slow and firm physical movements rhythmically, in correct postures and with deep continuous breaths.
The physical movements help us to focus our thoughts on the movements themselves, then allowing us to flow in the river of our unguided thoughts, thus keeping our minds focused and clear.
It also help us in bringing greater awareness and inner peace within ourselves.
Basically, the physical movements help us to keep ourselves in the present moment and tend to create a shift of consciousness, thus providing us a medium to disperse our restless energies through slow and steady transitions of one form to another.
5 Amazing Benefits of Moving Meditation
1. Reduces stress and anxiety
For most of us, stress and anxiety are daily life problems. There is undue pressure on us to exceed in our tasks, both at work and at home.
But why is stress so harmful for our bodies?
Stress causes our breaths to shorten and fasten, thus increasing our heart rate due to inadequate amounts of oxygen in our body, which ultimately leads to an increase in our blood pressure. It may result into fatigue,headaches, depression and and even heart problems.
According to a study , a research review published in JAMA Internal Medicine in January 2014 found meditation helpful for relieving anxiety, pain, and depression.
Moving meditation thus provides us a way to channel our thoughts and energies through continuous movements and compartalising what’s important for us and what’s not!
2. Boosts immunity.
The condition of our immune system is represented by our body’s resistance to natural or acquired diseases.
In 2003, a study was conducted to study the effects of mindfulness meditation on immunity.
A number of biotech workers participated in weekly meditation training over the course of eight weeks, and it was concluded that they had notably higher levels of antibodies compared to the control group who didn’t meditate, as well as increased levels of antibodies than when they started the study.
The research also shows that mindfulness meditation increases the electrical activity in the left part of the brain; which is the chief commander of our immune system.
3.Promotes quality and deep sleep.
A good sleep is our body’s way to recharge and replenish itself and get ready for the next day.
In fact our brain processes and stores the useful information from the unwanted stuff while we are sleeping!
Everyone of us wants to remain active and in our best productive state, when the concentration levels are at peak.
But a bad sleep can leave us feeling irritated and lethargic all day ,also our attention span reduces drastically and we are not able to concentrate fully.
If you are not happy springing out of your bed early morning or tend to snooze through your alarm, maybe it’s time to change!
According to a study, 49 middle-aged and older people, who had sleeping problems, were divided into two groups.
One of the groups was introduced to a mindfulness meditation program and the other one was introduced to a sleep education class.
It was later concluded that the group involved in the mindfulness program had less insomnia, fatigue and depression.
Thus, moving meditation can work wonders in your sleeping patterns and make you sleep way better, leaving you relaxed and recharged when you wake up!
4. Makes you live longer!
Let’s admit it, everyone of us wants to live a long, healthy and happy life naturally!
And the human advancements made in the fields of medicine and technology has definitely increased the chances of human survival.
But the point is, Are you willing to be dependent on external medicines and surgeries to increase the quality of your life ?
I hope your answer is in negative because the exposure to chemicals of such medicines can have deteriorating effects on your health in the long run and may even leave a hole in your wallet!
Nope, i have nothing against modern healthcare, if you might be thinking so.
It’s just that we should try to make ourselves stronger and more capable of handling stressful situations, by our will power and by adopting more healthier ways to stay fit ,instead of popping pills, if you know what i mean?
A study, cited the increase in telomere length in the immune cells of people after they took part in an intensive meditation programme.
The researchers had previously cited the connection between the length of the telomeres (part of our DNA) and the cellular aging and physiological stress. That is, longer the length of the telomeres, the better your longevity.
It’s really interesting to know that practicing meditation can actually cause DNA changes, which can be the root cause of many diseases in our body!
5. Is Stronger than drugs against pain relief!
Moving meditation is known to not only calm us down ,but also strengthen us both mentally and physically.
Most people today are popping pills and supplements for dealing with mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, fatigue,etc.
Medications are also used for physical pains in which you experience a sudden searing pain in any part of your body which makes you crumple to the ground.
Now it has long been proved that training meditation can reduce the effects of immediate pain by nearly half ,long lastingly!
According to a recent study, Dr. Fadel Zeidan, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a 20 min session of mindfulness meditation daily by the participants over four days, reduced the pain intensity by 27% and emotional pain by 44%.
He says, ”Meditation produced a greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs, which typically reduce pain ratings by about 25 per cent”.
So isn’t it amazing to know that moving meditation can improve your health in so many endless list of wonderful ways!
Moving meditation can be practiced anywhere, at any time, without the need of any special equipments.
It is also a great alternative if you are looking for something to vent out your restless energy into a more controlled and effective way.
Other than providing the mental and physical benefits, it helps you with your mood ,thus making you more happier on the go!
So what are you waiting for?
Practice moving meditation and experience an unbelievable improvement in your quality of life, starting today!