Why I don’t do seated meditation

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There is nothing wrong with sitting comfortably and meditating, just like the common taught method of meditation. However, I feel there is something in this that doesn’t work for me. Meditation is an individual practice, although done sometime in groups. The meditative experience remains different to each one of us. This is a why a seated meditation doesn’t work for me.

Longtime ago, thousands of years ago, when meditation was invented as a technique to calm the mind and bring awareness to people, life back then was totally different. People used to walk all day to bring water and food and walk back home carrying whatever they gathered. They laboured their lands, picked fruits and vegetables, hunted animals, cooked and cleaned, guard their herds. Surely at the end of a long active day, they needed to sit down, close their eyes and meditate.

Nowadays, especially in big cities, life is busy in a different way. We sit down for too long, counting on machines and vehicules to do the daily chores. Food is abundant and easy to get, as long as we can pay for it. Then, why to sit even more just to meditate? We should meditate while moving more.

yogaMeditation is commonly refered to as a prolonged concentration on breath and on being present. Which means it can be done in any activity. Put your heart in it, concentrate on the present task, focus on your breath and you are meditating.

 

12 thoughts on “Why I don’t do seated meditation”

  1. Although I don’t do yoga, but Christian meditation, I can relate to this. When I meditate while standing, I tend to swing my body as in dancing and it makes me relaxed.

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  2. I really connect with this and it makes me think that’s why I’ve struggled with meditation in there past; not allowing movement. Great post, thanks.

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  3. The beauty about mindfulness is that it can be done anywhere.

    It is simply about being aware of what’s going on within yourself.
    It is a focus internally, instead of externally.

    I love these topics!

    Very important, especially during these times.

    Thank you for sharing! (:

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  4. It seems to me that you would be the ideal practitioner of first Kung Fu, then Tai Qi, and finally Qi Gong – slowly slowing down. At least that’s the order in which I did it.

    A few years ago I had the choice of either doing an own meditation retreat or to do something physical so I decided to get the best of both worlds by walking the Camino de Santiago which I did like so much that I did it twice within that same year.
    Apart from having lost 10kg on each walk of 1000km I also did calm down a lot and had plenty of time to contemplate about my entire life, so I think walking is really good for contemplation.
    My experience about sitting, however was, that walking still did make some noise and as soon as I stood still some total different aspects of the landscape became known to me which I had not noticed before: I heared the birds and insects and distant sounds and the longer I stood still the more it sank in.

    That’s why I finally learned that sitting has yet another quality than moving in meditation.
    I also do a breathing exercise and whenever I move beforehand my breath is more shallow so I learned that in order not to run out of breath I should not start my meditation straight out of frantic movements.
    That’s why I think that moving in awareness is a pre-stage to sitting still.

    But hey – every step on the way is great, so enjoy it as long as you still are a young jumpy horse 😉

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    1. Thank you this is very interesting. I never tried Kung fu or tai chi or qi gong. i sould give it a try, at least before the horsy turns into a dragon 🙂

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