Swinging is a fun way to meditate while outdoors in the fresh air to get rid of stress that has gotten you tied up in knots!
It is a moving meditation and joins the ranks of other stress relief meditations like walking, biking, running and swimming.
What is unique and fun about a swinging meditation is it can be done in your own backyard by yourself, or on the playground with other kids around!
Here's how to do a swinging meditation
Sit on the swing seat and take hold of the rope or ropes. Be sure to hold on with both hands at all times for balance and control.
Push off with both feet together to get started - maybe you will need to push off a couple of times to get some momentum going.
To maintain your swinging begin a rhythmic pattern of bending your knees and pushing your feet forward with some energy to swing forward. To go back, when you are at the top of your swing forward, pull your legs back under your seat with an energetic pull. This is called pumping.
All during the swinging coordinate your back and forth pumping so your legs remain right alongside each other with your knees almost touching. If you don't keep your legs lined up together doing the same pumping motion you will swing in a twisted fashion rather than straight forward and back.
To begin to get the benefits of your stress relief meditation just keep up the pumping of your feet back and forth in a regular pattern without thinking about it too much.
Rather, this is the time to think about positive things in your life by first bringing an appreciation to mind.
Appreciation for what each of us has puts us in a positive mood, and it is much easier to see and then work out solutions to problems when we are feeling positive and energized.
Swinging meditation is a great way to get energized - unless you get dizzy, it gives you a boost of energy and a fresh outlook on life.
After swinging for awhile and starting to feel refreshed and full of new energy slow down your swinging and eventually stop. Go back to what you had been doing or on to a new activity.
If you are old enough, write in your notebook any new problem solving ideas for school, or with friends and family, that came to you during the swinging meditation session!
Article by Susan Kramer; photo credit of child swinging by Stan Schaap
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