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Author Topic: Moving meditation & exercise, etc?  (Read 7264 times)
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« Reply #8: June 28, 2009, 10:33:17 pm »

So...I am one of those people who cannot meditate without having something to think about. I can't turn my brain off; it will get distracted by even the slightest change in environment. I recently spent several months working in a very remote area that was also exceedingly quiet--during the day, I could rest assured knowing there was not another human being within a 5-mile radius, most of the time even more. I would try to meditate sometimes, when it wasn't too hot and the wind was still, and it was the quietest place you could possibly conceive of--yet I'd still get distracted, if not by my own thoughts (and I was extremely un-stressed then), then by the extremely faint sound of a rare car on the highway 7 miles away, or a slight change in air pressure. Needless to say, since I normally live in a large city, tuning out all senses is pretty difficult and I have a hard time meditating. Yoga classes are kind of a wash for me; I stare at the floor and think about the floorboards too much during the meditations.

Anyway, I do exercise a lot. Some of it requires a fair amount of concentration (bike commuting, f'ex) but when I'm at the gym, I can get into a good rhythm on the treadmill or cross-trainer, put on some music, close my eyes, and completely zone out--and after a while I get a hit of endorphins, so happy times, it's a bit of an ecstatic state, but I don't know what to do with it. I think it has something to do with the rhythmic motion, though, as the other times I've reached the same state have either been when I'm dancing or singing.

Hmmm. So I guess I'm asking, does anyone do any kind of meditation while moving or immediately afterward? What do you focus on? Suggestions for resources? Similar experiences? Any thoughts are welcome. Smiley


I bought a book a few years ago called T'ai Chi Ch'uan & Meditation by Da Liu that I just started reading a few nights ago.

From what I can see so far, the author's point is that both meditation and exercise benefit from one another and work much more effectively from using them back and forth. He says that after physical exercise the mind is calm and clear and that that is the best time for meditation with the least distractions and likewise after meditation your energy is up and you're eager to be active. (Sorry if I'm repeating myself).

Anyways, I read your post and thought the book might be useful to you too. You should look it up, maybe it can help.

Good Luck.

- Manny

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