Welcome to Week 2 of March Meditation
I hope you had a great first week of March Meditation. This week's focus is on mudras and movement meditations. It's a common misconception that meditation means that you MUST sit in stillness, have no thoughts, and close your eyes. I'll talk about why this isn't true in the next section. If there is one thing to take away from March Meditation, I encourage you to find what works best in your life. It doesn't matter what anyone else is doing. Meet yourself where you are.
Not everyone enjoys sitting down with complete silence with their eyes closed. Honestly, it's not always the most practical or doable meditation. For the obvious reasons, it's important to make time to meditate and take care of yourself, but it's also important to honor where you are in your own life and that might mean that movement meditations are more appropriate and supportive. Below you'll find a list of resources and ideas for meditation in motion.
Take a yoga class (if you're local to Sarasota/Bradenton area, I highly encourage you to take yoga at Bhavana Yoga Studio)
Walking meditation from Meditation 30 (7:30 audio) was mentioned last week & is absolutely a great choice this week, too.
Gentle Yoga / Qi Gong guided meditation from Meditation 30 (10:50 video)
Go for a swim or run
Participate in a "daily task" meditation.
Dance! This is a great way to bring awareness to your body & breath.
Enjoy some nice stretching in bed before you get up for the day
EFT (Emotional Freedom Tapping). I enjoy Jessica Ortner from The Tapping Solution
Go for a bike ride & allow for a heightened awareness of things you pass or see
Exercising is also meditation as it brings mindfulness to your body.
I have several Yoga playlists on my Spotify channel which you can find HERE. My current favorite playlist for my personal movement practice is featured below.
A mudra, in Sanskrit, means seal or sign. These are hand gestures that when performed symbolize different meanings and "activations". Energy leaves your body at the crown, the feet, and the tips of your fingers. In Chinese medicine, there are points at the tips of the fingers used to relieve the body of excess and bring balance and harmony to the body. We use mudras in a similar way, but without the use of needles.
If you look at your hands, each finger is assigned it's own element and when you put fingers and hands in different shapes, the way they connect is how they can seal specific energies. So basically, instead of there being "an app for that", you could say "there's a mudra for that", haha.
Thumb pairs with Fire
Index pairs with Air
Middle pairs with Space
Ring pairs with Earth
Pinky pairs with Water
Below are a couple of images to guide you to a mudra. If none of theses resonate with you, you can always use Google. Once you choose your mudra, you can choose to create an affirmation to pair. You might want to write it down on a post-it, on your mirror, or in your journal. Connect with your mudra as much as you'd like throughout your day and repeat your affirmation with it.
THIS IS YOUR JOURNEY AND YOUR LIFE.
GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO HONOR IT UNAPOLOGETICALLY
AND WITHOUT EXPLANATION.