Last week we talked about active meditation. We talked and what it was and my favorite form of it…walking meditation. However, that isn’t the only form of active meditation there is.
For those of you who missed last week’s blog, active meditation, also known as dynamic meditation, was popularized in the 1970’s by an Indian mystic named Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, later known as Osho. Why did he come up with the concept of active meditation? Because he realized that in our fast paced world, we needed a form of meditation that could fit into this active life most of us live.
Other than my favorite form of active meditation (walking meditation) there are several others you could choose from to try. Let’s talk about a few of these.
The basic concept of morning pages is to write 3 notebook pages of streaming conscious thought every morning when you wake up. Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, popularized this written form of meditation that many of my fellow creatives love. The idea of this practice is to create an opportunity to mentally clear the decks for your brand-new day.
I have a funny story about yoga. Guess what? I used to hate it! But my acupuncturist told me I needed yoga. So I went there and I could barely stay in the room for the 60 minute class. Over time that changed! Now I love yoga. For me, it is a very meditative practice, maybe because my studio is awesome, and my 75 minute class feels literally like 10 minutes. But that took a while.
Yoga is all about aligning your body movements with your breathing! Sound familiar? It is very similar to meditation. Meditative yoga is like seared meditation in terms of focusing on your breath to calm your mind. Plus it includes body movements that promote strength and flexibility on top of it all.
There are a few more types of active meditation for you to try out! If you are more of a creative person, morning pages may tickle your fancy. If you prefer to have your body more engaged, yoga or walking meditation might be right for you. The most important thing is you find something that you enjoy and stick with it!