Meditation plays such a huge part of our movement practice. Yet, it is one of the most underrated parts of peoples practices. This practice can be as simple as sitting down for a few minutes or more complex than rocket science. Down below, I will give you some internal techniques you can use during your meditation and also explain the use of meditation.
Simple answer: because we can.
A more complex answer is, it makes us better humans.
We can get so caught up in day-day existence that we forget to appreciate the now, forget to notice our own emotions, or even forget to grow as a human.
Meditation can help us to recognize our emotions; why am i feeling like this? is it really worth it to feel this way? how important will this matter be in 5minutes, 5hours, 5days, 5months, 5years?
Meditation can also help us to be in the moment, we can use this time to look back at our life, our movement practice and see what areas can be improved and what went well and why?
I will provide you with a few techniques that i have felt useful in the past. You can use these in your own practice.
- Counting the Breath. Throughout your entire meditation experience, only focus on counting how many breaths you are taking in and taking out. As simple as this, avoid any other thought besides the number of breaths.
- Recapping the day. Go through your day in as much detail as possible from waking to present. Find what you liked and what you didn’t like. What can you change for the next day or even directly after your meditation.
- Recap the session. Go through your previous session in as much detail as possible. What did you do well today and what had good progression? What did you not do so well? and most importantly, WHY? What can you do next session to fix these areas?
- MRI your body. Be an internal self-MRI for your body. Start with the toes and really see is there any injury or soreness in this area. If so, put some energy to think about this area. If not, simple move up the chain of the body until you reach the top of the head. If you have a bigger injury you can spend the entire meditation focus on this part of the body.
Now meditation can take many forms but there are some guidlines youll want to stick to , to ensure a good development in this practice.
- All breathing in and out through the nose. Mouth closed
- Breathing should be soft, long breaths inhaling and exhaling through the diaphragm (making the stomach expand and retract)
- Back in an upright straight position that is comfortable for long periods of time
- tongue on the roof of the mouth (to help facilitate nostril breathing)
- Body completely relaxed. Do not force the eyes closed, create pressure in the shoulders, contract the hands etc. etc.