Stillness in Motion
The image most often evoked when “meditation” is mentioned is that of someone sitting cross-legged, physically still. That may well serve some people some of the time, but meditation and mindfulness extend beyond those moments of physical stillness - thank goodness!
Not only can we bring mindfulness and meditation into all of the moments in our life, but many of us find that movement helps us to break free from the grip that our mind has on us, and helps us to be fully present in the “now” of our lives. In fact, for some, physical movement is more conducive to mental stillness than physical stillness is. Maybe this is “flow”, or maybe it’s that the physical sensations that arise from movement offer a focal point, or maybe it’s the need to concentrate on what we’re doing that helps tether our mind to the present.
This week we invite you to explore what it’s like to move with great intentionality and presence, one step at a time. You may even discover that there is no series on Netflix remotely as interesting as what unfolds when you pay full attention to the sensations that arise when you lift one foot, move it forward, shift your weight onto it, and pick up the other foot….
As always, there will be alternatives offered for people who prefer to make intentional movements from a seated position.
By the way, if you’re interested in the concept of “flow”, here is an article on it from Psychology Today.
May all beings, without exception, experience the richness of moments spent in intentional, present-minded motion,
Your friends at CMP
Next week is our first monthly Monday session in Fairfield!! Monday April 1 (No foolin’!) 7PM First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd Fairfield (near the sanctuary - look for signs). Sessions will be held here the first Monday of each month.
Community Sessions This Week:
Monday 6:30 PM Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, Ridgefield
Monday 7:30 PM Sama Yoga 45 Grove Street New Canaan
Tuesday 1:00 PM Ferguson Library, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford*
Wednesday 12:00 PM New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, New Canaan
Monday April 1 7PM First Church Congregational, Fairfield regular CMP session
Darien Library Thursday Night Sessions @ 7 PM starting May 2nd!
Spring Silent Retreat! Saturday May 4th. First Congregational Church of Stamford. Registration and information here.
Copper Beech Institute’s Brandon Nappi will be leading an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class at Grace Farms. We are not involved in this program, but we and many others have found the MBSR program to be really healthful. See here for details.
Guided Meditation Recordings:
Click here for guided meditations on Mindfulness of Walking.