You don't have to sit still with your eyes closed to achieve meditation. I think this is but one way to be successful in meditation.. You can try
making dance a meditation - or running. Awareness is the key.
There's all these different techniques you can try to help with this - to help make you more fully aware of your existence as it is at the present -
to be 100% present. Meditation is the art of gathering all our enegy, all our thoughts, and all our attention and focusing in the present moment.
Search for a technique that works for you. You could try hatha yoga or tai-chi where breathing practices are combined with physical exercises. There
are also certain powerful techniques, such as those that use mantras and yantras, make use of sound and its wavelengths or sight and the deep
symbolism of certain forms... For some of these, it's important that they be learned under the supervision of someone who thoroughly understands how
And as for practicing
these techniques, some are specific to a time of day or place; others can be practiced anywhere at any time, creating in
every moment a possibility for meditation. I personally love these techniques the best just because they're simple and help me personally with my own
awareness, plus i find it difficult to put aside time each day to especially focus my energy..
I have read that these little techniques are drawn from the Vigyan Bhairava and Sochanda Tantras which were written about four thousand years ago in
India. Basically these techniques are the answer that the Hindu god Shiva gave to a girl when she asks him to explain the nature of her existence.
These techniques will help to move your attention away from your mind::
Try looking lovingly at an object and find beauty within it. Do not stray. Enjoy the beauty and be still.
Focus on the pulsing of your heart.
Close all the openings of your head - eyes, ears, nose, mouth - with your hands. Conciousness that is continuously flowing outward will turn in.
Watch your mind carefully as it moves between opposites. Look for a moment in which it is still.
There are also these "stop techniques" that can be very powerful. They provide an opportunity to move quickly from the outer to the inner::
Roam around or dance until exhausted, then drop to the ground and feel wholeness.
Just as you have the impulse to reach for something, stop. Enter the moment.
When you desire something, watch the desire, consider it, and then quit it.
At the start of sneezing, during fright, in anxiety, in extreme curiosityu, at the beginnning of hunger, at the end of hunger, be uninterruptedly
I agree with the other poster that stated that meditation only as a separate activity is wrong, in a sense. We should incorporate it into everyday
routine and events. And these simple experiments can be practiced in practically anything you're doing throughout the day or night.
It comes down to awakening to your presence, to your very existence. Meditation helps transform the sleeping soul. And it's much like learning to
play music - it must be practiced. And, just like music, meditation happens when we stop trying.
P.S. There are many meditation and chakra meditation CDs you can buy that are specifically created for dance meditation.
[edit on 27/6/08 by pretty_vacant]