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Moving From Activity to Quiet Meditation
If you have been moving through a set of poses or other physical activity and wish to quiet down, then gently fold into a sitting meditation.
Here is how I do this: Begin with your feet parallel and slightly apart, and arms stretched to sides. While maintaining your balance on one foot, lean body slightly forward and start to bend your knees while sliding one foot behind and under yourself, bending your knees more. Continue sliding down to the floor into a crossed-leg sitting position. That's it. You are now in a position to begin quiet meditation.
All of life alternates between periods of activity and stillness. Meditation is on the stillness end after active movement. Then, after meditation, stretch out and go on with an active part of your day.
The period of quiet meditation can begin with a deep inhalation and slow exhalation, then regulate into a pattern of even rhythmic breathing. For example, breathe in one count and breathe out one count. You need not say the counts to yourself, just keep up the rhythm till the end of your quiet meditation.
While breathing regularly and evenly pay attention to your breaths. This gives your mind something to do besides dwell on problems. It is a refreshing and relaxing break from your busy day.
You may find that after your meditation some thoughts come to you 'on your back burner' to resolve problems. If so, write them out in your meditation journal for review and action.
To summarize, meditation is complete stillness within, so is the opposite of action in the world. Use this quiet and peaceful time to wind down, refresh, recoup your energy. Then go out into the world again with a positive outlook, ready to be active once more.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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