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Working to a position of stillness

December 22, 2008

I talk about motion a lot.  I think about body  movement all the time,  most likely more in a given day than most people do in a month, or year.

This post is about stillness, and the amount of work it is not to move.  Have you ever tried to stand perfectly still. Unfocused,  in a relaxed, balanced stance, holding a pose for a period of time?

The process of relaxing your mind, head, neck, shoulders, upper back, chest, arms, hands, trunk, waist, hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles and feet is just that.  A process.

Being still is more than just being quiet, and unmoving.  It is being aware, in touch with and understanding the pose, stance, or position of your body.  Learning to control the relaxation and building the strength and muscle tone to achieve and hold  positions is an awesome feeling of accomplishment.  A goal I highly recommend.

The standing meditative position can be incorporated with alternating shadow movement (moving as slowly as you can, as if no motion is occurring) and stillness.  Using breathing techniques takes stillness to an even deeper level.

You can search the web for standing meditation to find many variations on the practice.

Do you take the time to relax and get in touch with your body and mind? If so, let me know how it works and/or the process you use.

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