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Movement Meditation – Nerdful Mind #26

July 12, 2020 by Simon Mannes

Meditation is not just sitting still. Although that is one form of it, there are more types of meditation than there are people on our planet.

Some categories of meditation are: focus meditation, loving kindness meditation, movement meditation, and many more.

We also already talked about meditating while cooking and eating.

Some forms of movement are great for meditation:

  • Walking meditation
  • Yoga
  • Qigong
  • Tai Chi
  • Many martial arts

As knowledge workers, we focus on solving problems with our mind. In moving, we reconnect with our body. Find a form of movement that you thoroughly enjoy and that allows you to be fully in the present moment.

”Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are” ― Jason Crandell

Reading Recommendations

Mindful Fitness: A Guide to Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Workout Routine

A short guide on how to integrate mindfulness into your physical activities.

10 Neurological Benefits of Exercise - PositivePsychology.com

A long and science-baked article on the benefits of fitness for your brain.

We take a 360-degree view on the context, the facts, the research and the benefits relating to exercise and the brain, health and physical activity.

Apollo’s brain: The computer that guided man to the Moon

This is more computer history than software engineering, but I found this link so interesting that I wanted to share it with you.

This is the story of the Apollo Guidance Computer that helped the Apollo astronauts safely navigate to the Moon. It was a computer that was so advanced that the engineers who created it said they probably wouldn't have tried to do so if they'd known what they were getting themselves into.

Weekly Mindfulness Practice

The next time you’re outdoors, try a walking meditation. It only adds a few minutes to your route, and walking is a great opportunity to practice mindfulness.

Before you start walking, stand still and focus on your next two to three breaths.

Now shift your attention to your feet. Do you feel your weight on the floor?

Start walking slowly before going to your usual walking speed. Focus on the sensations in your feet on each step.

Use the sensations in your feet as your anchor, and return to them when your mind wanders off.

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Have a great week

Simon

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