Monk Standing meditation

Standing Meditation






Overview

- The standing meditation method is a great way to experience different types of meditation. I highly recommend people try alternative types of meditations at least once. This will expand your experience of meditation as an art form.

- This meditation is slightly more physically demanding than most sitting meditations, although its not reserved only for Olympic athletes. Feel free to give this method a try.


The Method

1. Stand in one place and set your hand on your stomach.

2. Try to relax and breathe normally, enough to make your hand push out with each breath. When you exhale, your stomach should let your hand move closer to your body. To breathe properly, make sure your shoulders aren’t moving up and down. This is called diaphragmatic breathing. This process cleans toxins from the body.

3. When you have the breathing method down, you are ready to close your eyes, and begin counting breaths.

4. The trick to this activity is to count each breath silently until you reach 11, then start at one again. You should keep doing this repeatedly, and if you lose count, you should start at one again. The counting will help you pass the time and clear your mind from distracting thoughts.

5. Try not to talk or move. The standing meditation is done best with eyes closed.


Important Note

- You may naturally speed up or slow down from your normal breathing whenever you focus on it. Be mindful of this. Try to breathe as regularly as possible with this exercise.

- The first minute of this meditation is the toughest to get through. You will want to move, talk, or try to stop at any cost. You may say to yourself, “why am I doing this?” or “this meditation is hard”.

- This activity takes a lot of patience, but it is possible. The more your focus on the count, the easier it will be, the more energy you will have to stand. This meditation gets easier with practice, for obvious reasons.

- The standing meditation is really not physically demanding at all, yet, with a cluttered mind, this meditation becomes exhausting. It’s illuminating to see how the meditation becomes easier when you become more focused. You can take this principle with you to your own everyday experiences.

- The body relation technique is optional with this meditation method. You can simply relax your body to a comfortable level with the first few breaths.


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