I remember sitting down with a group of people after church one day to 'shoot
the breeze.' There were about 10 of us including the priest yacking,
laughing and interrupting each other. We were all discussing how difficult
it was to find time to get quiet, be alone or merely sit down and pray.
A couple of conversations were going on regarding the same topic and then
someone interrupted and asked Fr. Jim if he was "still going to run in an
upcoming marathon." He replied, "Yes," and continued to talk about how much
time it took out of his day to train for this marathon and he still had to
find the time to pray just like the rest of us.
As I listened to the discussion, I chimed in and said, "Ya' know Fr. Jim, I
always considered any form of exercise a moving meditation. It's like
killing two birds with one stone and I'm all alone with my thoughts. Free to
talk to God." He looked at me and smiled and said, "I like that."
I shared with the group how I use to run two 10k's a weekend or wherever I
could find a race to enter. I had convinced myself that exercise had a
laborious, work related, effort type of meaning. I had to find a way to make
this word appeal to me and most importantly in a way that I could apply it to
my daily life. Kinda like psyching myself in, not out!
Once I adopted this new way of thinking, my moving meditations had more
meaning. My mind runs (pun intended) a mile a minute and I had to find a way
to slow it down. So running gelled with my spirit. I could listen to what I
was supposed to be tuning into and I could pray.
My moving meditations change according to what state of mind I'm in on that
particular day. For some, their routine may consist of lifting weights
daily, while others might engage in many different types of moving
meditations with no particular rhyme or reason. The important thing is that
you can use this time to be alone with your thoughts and gain clarity while
improving your physical health.
When I go to the gym and decide I'm going to get on the rowing machine, it's
a day when I'm fired up and possibly ticked off. Rowing works for me by
burning off some of those useless thoughts that creep into my consciousness.
After 30 minutes of rowing, I'm feeling invincible with more strength
emotionally and physically. When I decide to practice my yoga, it's when
I'm feeling more centered and peaceful. And when I'm feeling like I just
need to get away, I'm peddling my bike or roller-blading through the park.
I picture myself traveling and enjoying the sites and sounds of far away
places. Other times, going for a walk is all I can muster, but at least I
can think, pray and be alone.
Another type of moving meditation that I do is simply cleaning, organizing and clearing. When I choose to do a Novena, I'll clean, organize and clear old debris and junk from my space. A nine-hour Novena is perfect once a quarter or when Mercury is retrograde in order to gain a new and clearer focus.
It is important to understand that the exercise does not have to be
laborious, tiresome or exerting when you learn to put a different spin on
your intention. If your intention is to gain awareness, clarity and
consciousness, a moving meditation can be exhilarating and peaceful. Try
looking at your fitness routine a wee bit differently and incorporate
movement into your life with activities that agree with you and your
lifestyle. Movement is key - no matter what activity you choose. And have
Enjoy your moving meditations and watch yourself move mountains.
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