Moving meditation

posted Apr 30, 2010, 7:47 PM by ash ‎(evermindful)‎   [ updated Apr 30, 2010, 7:51 PM ]
The other day @SmashinCourses asked me about how I felt about Taichi and moving meditation. I feel neither good, nor bad about moving meditation, it is just such…

I define moving meditation as an awareness practice where one is mindful of the form and the changes in state with respect to movement. Form is composed of the four elements: solid, liquid, gas & temperature.

With that definition there are many types of moving meditation. The moving mediation that I practice most is walking meditation. Walking meditation is an awareness practice where one keeps the mind in the moment of walking. It’s a practice where one pays attention to the tactile sensation and feels the change and transitions of the four elements. Walking meditation serves various purposes depending on the time of the day and the preceding activity. The practice is best intertwined with sitting meditation such that the skills of relaxation, concentration and awareness can all be established and developed together.

The goal of meditation is not to develop relaxation, awareness and concentration. The goal of meditation is to know the mind, shape the mind and free the mind. Knowing the mind is to be able to see the ego and observe those things that we cling to which results in stress. Shaping the mind is the process of making adjustments as a result of contemplation in context of the Dhamma to deal with stress. Freeing the mind is the process of developing wisdom, ethical conduct & mental faculties to be liberated from stress.

So, how do I feel about moving mediation? Any assessment of moving meditation should be in context to the overall goal of meditation. The goal of meditation is to know, shape and free the mind. Indeed moving meditation contributes to this goal by developing the skill of awareness. But awareness is just part of the journey among many other parts. Hence, moving meditation is such!