Many people can tend to be ‘in the clouds’ or ‘in their heads’ without having a firm foundation on the earth. We must remember that there is nothing non-spiritual about the earth. The earth is a highly evolved consciousness and through the rhythmic and intentional use of our bodies, we can utilize movement meditation to tap into our own physicality.
When we think of ‘meditation’ we usually picture the classic or quintessential image of the esoteric practitioner sitting in lotus pose on the floor, fingers in mudras, eyes closed, perhaps a gong and some incense nearby and the practitioner sits in silence and utter peace meditating solely from within. Indeed this is meditation, but there are other ways to meditate. There are also situations and lifestyles that may be better suited to at least the incorporation of other meditation techniques. Today I will be discussing the practice of movement meditation, the benefits of giving it a try, and how to get started from my perspective and personal experiences. Let’s get started:
1) It Keeps Energy Distributing Naturally: Meditation that is solely focused mentally can sometimes cause energy to rush into the upper energy centers- i.e. the third eye and crown chakras or the pineal and pituitary glands. Oftentimes this is an intentional purpose of the meditation and if the meditator is experienced or knows what he or she is doing, this could be a great thing. But for someone who is new to meditation or who is looking for a practice that will balance the mind with the body, involving the body in movement with meditation can help the consciousness and chi energy be bridged between all parts of the physical and etheric bodies. Sometimes you will hear cases of people attempting kundalini meditation and moving energy all at once without gradually building and opening the energy circuits and at times these experiences can be painful, scary, or even harmful. With movement meditation, the meditator has access the natural capability of the lower body and energy centers to ground and circulate excess energy so that no centers will become overpowered and the body remains integrated. This is also deeply energizing, bringing life force and consciousness into the physical vessel.
2) Mind- Body- Spirit Healing and Integration: It has been phrased that the body IS the subconscious mind and I truly believe this to be true. As a massage therapist I saw over and over that the experiences, emotional distortions, beliefs and past traumas of individuals were stored in muscle tissue and specific body areas. This is because the body is physiologically and electromagnetically interconnected within itself through networks of nerves and of connective tissue called fascia. Therefore, by involving the body in meditation actively, we can do the important work of accessing non-resonant energies and feelings and releasing them through meditative movement. This is highly therapeutic on not just the ‘physical’ body level but is a gateway to healing for all the layers of the self.
3) It Integrates Seamlessly into Daily Life: Movement meditation is beautiful for everyone to experiment with and incorporate and for people whose lives demand a lot of energy and focus that may prevent them from conventional seated meditation that involves focus and quiet for long periods of time, movement meditation provides a very enriching way to meditate that can be incorporated with everyday activities. This was the case for me after I gave birth to my daughter, Anaiya. Previously, aside from work and normal chores, I had all the time in the world to myself to meditate, visualize, etc. After Anaiya was born, my free time was EXTREMELY limited and when I did have a free moment I would often find myself too tired to sit quietly and meditate without falling asleep (that, and I needed that time to do the dishes J lol!). I wondered how I would maintain my inner focused practices. What I found in my journey was that I was able to effectively meditate while with my daughter. For instance, when she was upset or I was putting her to sleep, I would naturally use my body movement to create rhythmic energy with which to lull her into a peaceful state and I utilized the energy I had created to cause the same effect in myself, except I didn’t sleep, I merely switched my brainwave patterns into extremely relaxed alertness. In these states I was able to channel energies from higher aspects of myself, cleanse my energy circuits of electromagnetic buildup, and reap all the health benefits of seated meditation. Whether or not you are a parent, a busy person, or simply someone who enjoys connecting to the world kinesthetically like I do, you can do the same. Here are a few suggestions:
Incorporating Movement Meditation
As mentioned above, using your body for meditation can be highly beneficial as well as convenient and can help you ground your physical body and connect to the consciousness within your physical vessel. One of the most obvious ways to do this is through ecstatic dance. To really let go and experience the natural meditation encoded in your body, you will need to feel totally safe and liberated. For many people, this means being alone and making sure the windows are closed so that you know no one is watching. For other people who are more liberated in this way, perhaps you wish to practice ecstatic dance with others, which is full of even more energetic benefits.
Movement meditation also includes playing instrument. This incorporates sound and movement and can also involve dance or rhythmic body movements. For instance, it is traditional and ancient to use a hand drum or a rattle to create rhythms that will shift the frequency waves of your brain and induce meditative states. I know from experience that you need no special training for this. After a certain period of time playing percussion, you will fall into a naturally hypnotic and meditative rhythm.
A third fun and unconventional way to practice meditation in your movement is to practice massage either on yourself or with a partner. This can be done without oils or lotions over clothes or directly on the skin or can use oils or other techniques. What is important is to connect to your own body if you are working alone or if you are working with another, to connect to the kinesthetic, electromagnetic connection between your skin surface and the skin surface of your partner. If you allow the consciousness in your hands to connect to the energy field of your own body or a partners, you will feel a warm buzzing feeling letting you know you have clicked into resonance with that person. Within the energy field and intelligence of the body tissues, if you are sensitive you will be able to perceive an inherent natural rhythm and patterning of how energy is flowing or needing to flow around the body. As you use your palms to manipulate the tissues and create soothing rhythms you will feel the energy moving back and forth between the body area being massaged and your hands. This is a deeply meditative practice that can teach you a lot about yourself and can also connect you meditatively and physically to a partner if you are practicing together.
In conclusion, movement meditation for me personally is a must. I encourage you to try incorporating your body when you are practicing meditation because it distills vibrancy into the physical instrument, which is the vehicle of our life force. Many times in the so-called New Age movement, individuals can tend to be ‘in the clouds’ or ‘in their heads’ and too far out in space without having a firm foundation on the earth. We must remember that there is nothing non-spiritual about the earth. The earth is a highly evolved consciousness and through the rhythmic and intentional use of our bodies, we can utilize movement meditation to tap into the powerful aspects of consciousness related to our own physicality.
I hope you have found this information useful. Thank you for reading.