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Meditating on the Eliptical

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:57 am
by Alex
I wanted to pass on an explanation of how I meditate. If you are having trouble starting or can't find the time, this has worked for me for years.

I go on the elliptical for 30 mins 6x weekly. Instead of watching TV, I close my eyes and focus on my breathing. I've been doing this for years and it's doubly refreshing after I'm done. While I'm on the machine, I focus inwardly so that my I can feel my whole body without thoughts. If I am unable to stop the thoughts on any particular day, I just count my breaths, from 1 to 10. After 10, I start over at 1. If my mind wanders, I will count past 10. When I notice it, I just start again at 1. It's a way of focusing, noticing when your mind wanders and easily putting it back. Remember not to be hard on yourself if your mind wanders and just escort it back to the simple counting.

I have also gone through hundreds of repetitions of meditation tapes, so that works as well, but the simple act of being in your body and counting your breaths works can be simple and effective.

Re: Meditating on the Eliptical

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:12 pm
by joyR
Thank you. I struggle with this aspect of the program, as I think many of us do and having a set of simple steps is very helpful.

Re: Meditating on the Eliptical

PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:58 am
by RACHEL77
joyR

Try www.headspace.com for a fantastic guided meditation programme,

Rachel

Re: Meditating on the Eliptical

PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:56 pm
by joyR
Have just signed up and completed the first session. Really enjoyed it - and am looking forward to tomorrow's session. Thank you Rachel.

Re: Meditating on the Eliptical

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:01 pm
by llo51
Alex, like your idea to meditate on eliptical so I tried this morning, unfortunately felt very off balance and slightly nauseous... will try again tomorrow,

Re: Meditating on the Eliptical

PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:31 am
by Alex
llo51 wrote: Alex, like your idea to meditate on eliptical so I tried this morning, unfortunately felt very off balance and slightly nauseous... will try again tomorrow,


As always, let safety come first. I hope you're OK. The benefit of the elliptical is that you have something to hold on to. Some have the moving handles and some are stationary. Is the one you use a home model or one from the gym? I use it in the gym and it's very stable.

Start as slow as you need. I find it a relief daily when I finally start, close my eyes and escape to nothingness. Remember, if you can only manage 5 minutes, start there. It's a gradual skill and should not be painful. I just start counting my breaths, get distracted and start over - again and again and again without self-criticism or doubt or anxiety. Just slowly move your body in a flowing, relaxed comfortable way and count.

Let me know how you do.

Also, for anyone - this is by far the easiest meditation guide I've ever used. Jon Kabatt Zinn makes it so easy without any need to imagine you are somewhere else - it's just a step by step guide and listening is already meditation. See if you can borrow it from your library or buy it on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1591797403/re ... g=UTF8&me=