5.17.2013

Mind & Body Wellness: How to Do Standing Meditation

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standing meditation

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?

Standing Meditation (10 Minutes)

  1. Learn standing meditation by connecting with trees.
  2. Stand close to a tree and feel your feet grow roots into the ground.
  3. Feel your body gently sway in the breeze.
  4. Stay in one place.
  5. Connect with your breath.
  6. Stretch your arms out in different positions with palms facing the sky like branches and leaves: available, open, and patient.
  7. Absorb what is in front of you. Listen to the tree, feel its presence, touch it with your mind and body.
  8. When your body feels anxious and wants to move, stay a little longer, remembering that trees stand still for many years.
  9. Notice what trees have to teach you about stillness and groundedness.
  10. This meditation can be done out in nature, in your home, or while you’re waiting in line.

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Adapted from Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

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