To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders
We’ve been talking about getting physically still – as Verna put it – Quality Sofa Time… but often even as we sit still, our mind continues it’s merry gallop – racing through the paddocks of our mind, creating stress, havock and chaos wherever it visits.
Sometimes it’s our mind that needs to get still. And often, the best way to do this is to get active.
For me, and for quite a few people I talk to – meditation by sitting and clearing the mind is very, very difficult… and I find that I can gain a better result with a moving meditation where my body is active (added benefit there:) and my mind has to be calm.
A few years ago, my husband found he could manage his stress levels (which were extremely high, and manifesting in physical symptoms) by taking up horse riding. Horse riding is all about your body in relationship to the horse, and if you’re not relaxed, then the horse won’t do what you want it to do. It’s a real exercise in moving meditation and relaxation. You get instant bio-feedback from the horse when your mind starts to wander and fill with thoughts, or when you’re a little uptight or anxious.
There are other activities and sports like this – I find playing the piano (or any musical instrument) is very conducive to relaxing and calming my mind. As is the hypnotic click, click of knitting needles…
Although I am not a golf player, I believe it is a lot like this – if you’re mind is elsewhere the ball won’t go where you want it to. In fact, in any of the sports where accuracy is the aim – like trap shooting, archery, etc., if your mind is worrying away about something, you’ll miss the target. Very simple feedback mechanism on the state of your relaxation!
The Clearing Space Challenge
Do you find that your mind feels like it’s about to burst at the seams? Is sitting still and chilling out making you even more stressed because your mind starts to do it’s anxiety dance?
What activity do you love, or could you start doing, that insists upon a clearness of mind? Something that will help you relax and destress, while your body is active?
Please leave a comment below and share with us what it is you do to get still in your mind. We’d love to hear from you!