Meditation is one of the best things that you can do for your body and your mind. It relaxes the body, calms the nervous system and improves all functions of the body including digestion. Meditation also decreases overeating because it gives you a chance to pause and consider your options before jumping into a huge plate of food. Likewise, cravings decrease because you are taking some time each day to turn inward and care for yourself.
The thing I like most about meditation is that there are so many ways to do it!
Of course, you can do the traditional meditation where you sit quietly with your eyes closed and follow your breath. This is probably the fastest and most healing because you get rid of all distractions.
But there are days when even taking two minutes to sit quietly seems impossible. Luckily, you don’t have to completely give up on the idea – just turn one (or all!) of your other daily activities into a moving meditation.
Here are some activities that are perfect for moving meditation –
Washing the dishes
Taking a shower
Washing your hands
Folding the laundry
and of course….
This is how you do a moving meditation: Take a little moment before you begin to pause, take a breath and come into the present moment. I like to say a little reminder mantra like “No where to go, nothing to do”. And then begin the task. Work slowly and deliberately. Breath and stay present in each moment. It is helpful to pay attention to physical senses like the water on your hands, the texture of the dish, the temperature of the air on your skin, each flavor in the food, etc. The most important thing is to stay present in the moment. If you find yourself off in fantasy land, going through your to do list, or replaying a conversation with someone, take a breath and come back to your task. Once you finish, pause again, take a deep breath and give thanks for that little moment of zen.
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