Why You Might Want to Try an Active Meditation Practice
Do you find yourself struggling to sit still during a sitting meditation? Are you more restless for a week or two of the month then others? Do you find clarity in movement? If so an active mediation practice may be better suited to you than others you may have been exposed to in the past. I hope this post helps you learn a little about the practice I use, what is active meditation and how to #cyclesync it with your life.
Active meditation or movement meditation is a meditation practice that looks a little different than some of the meditations you may have been exposed to in the past. It is the practice of engaging in movement, while continuing to focus on the breath for a specified period of time, and then often followed by a period of stillness to experience sit in the clarity and benefits. This is compared to passive meditation which is more silent seated.
There are different parts of our natural cycles throughout the month, depending on your menstrual cycle, or the way we are feeling in our minds and bodies throughout the month. Not every day is the same (or does it need to be!).
If you are a menstruating human, during the end of week 1 and throughout weeks 2 of your cycle you might find yourself more restless. This would be an ideal situation to try a more active meditation practice. In the luteal phase and during your bleeding days a more passive practice may sit better with you (no pun intended). Alternatively, if you are someone who simply struggles with a passive meditation practice but still wants the benefits of meditating (there are many!) trying an active meditation can be super useful. Take my dear friends, Erin Rachel Dopplet’s quiz to find out what kind of meditation practice is best for you.
I personally do a hybrid of different meditation practices, but more often than not lean to a more active practice. Seed to tree is one of my favorites and at a 4 minute a day practice is super easy to add into your personal ritual routine. Meditation is proven to increase calm, focus and awareness, and it is never too late to start! It also is a a great practice for reducing inflammation and stress and creating opportunities for deep mind body soul connection, between you, your highest self and others. According to my meditation guru Erin, if you do seed to tree for 40 days straight you’ll witness a miracle, and to be honest, I did :)