Exercise as meditation?

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Exercise as meditation?

Post by Tex » Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:33 am

I guess it stands to reason that if we can meditate when we walk, we can meditate when we run.

I was at the gym tonight, and while riding the stationary bike it occurred to me that I hadn't really had a conscious "thought" for a long time; I'd only been paying attention to my breathing, cardio, pace, and the feeling in my legs, ankles, and feet, and adjusting accordingly. I was doing absolutely nothing other than riding the bike, I couldn't even recall which annoying MTV song had been playing way-too-loudly in the gym. Perhaps I was just over-tired, but it felt like meditating (even though I didn't try to meditate).

Does that make sense at all?

Anyway, do any of you incorporate weight lifting or cardio into your meditation practice? I'd be curious to hear experiences, advice, etc, thanks...
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Re: Exercise as meditation?

Post by mikenz66 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:24 am

There's no reason why you can't make every activity a mindfulness practise: washing dishes, sweeping, running, swimming... In fact, that's the idea, I think.


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Re: Exercise as meditation?

Post by Placid-pool » Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:00 am

Rock on Mike! I use crochet or knitting as a meditation aid ...... when it is a pattern you don't have to think about it frees the mind beautifully.

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