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How to Be a Tiny Bit Better at Meditating, Even If You Hate Sitting Still

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How to Be a Tiny Bit Better at Meditating, Even If You Hate Sitting Still
We tend to think of meditation as an exercise in stillness. You climb atop a quiet mountain, cross your legs, breathe in, breathe out. Stay. But what if, hypothetically speaking, you're terrible at sitting still? Mindfulness meditation has become somewhat of a productivity trend, which makes it easy to forget what it's about at its core.

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Meditative movement

Meditative movement

Mindfulness is simply a state, a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience. But meditation is just the tool you use to reach that state.

If you are unable to sit still, consider the meditative movement, a practice where instead of just going through the mechanical motions, you focus on the movement itself.

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Therapeutic effects of meditative movement

“Recent advances in affective neuroscience, or the neuroscience of emotion, make it clear that movement, sensation, feeling, imagery, and thought form a dynamic whole, and that health and well-being are best supported by addressing all of these aspects,” -- Peter Payne 

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