Do i have to stay completely still in meditation? A question i get asked a lot. The answer is ‘no’.
Your body releases through motion
Especially when you start meditating a lot of thoughts, patterns, convictions can come to the surface. They want to be seen, to be released. Your body often releases through subtle (or less subtle) motions like tears, sighs, burps, yawns, sounds, shaking or gently rocking. It means the energy is shifting and you want to allow it to.
So if you feel an urge to such a motion and you repress it, because you learned you’re supposed to sit still in meditation, then you‘ll probably achieve the opposite of why you initially started meditating (some peace of mind, body & soul). Repressing something sends out a message to the body that it cannot be seen, felt or expressed, and with that the emotional blockage or physical tension is kept alive, or even becomes heavier. The body wants to see, feel and express in order to heal and grow personally and spiritually.
Be honest: is the urge triggered by the mind or by the heart
Note that during meditation there is a difference in ‘𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦’ and ‘𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘩𝘶𝘵’. So when you are in meditation and you feel an impulse to move, ask yourself first what is it that triggers this?
Is it fed by the ego mind (𝘧𝘶𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦, c𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘭, 𝘪 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴, 𝘨𝘰 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺!) or is it fed by the heart (𝘪 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘴𝘰 𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰 𝘴𝘰 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭… 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦, 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘱 𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦, 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥, 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦)?
Your breath is of great help here
If you notice an urge to motion and you found out that it’s the heart that triggered it, then, before moving your physical body, use your breath. Breath into the sensation and into your heart. Widen the rib case, expanding your body. This way your body knows that it’s safe to release, it feels the space, it feels supported. Breath through it and keep on choosing love over fear. If it gets too intense, let go of ‘the doing’. Sit still and just feel what comes. Placing your hand on your heart, as an act of love towards yourself, might help to fully release that whatever wants to release (you don’t even have to know what it is, your body knows).
Meditation can set you free
Once you release more of the inner layers, you become more and more empty. And the more empty you become, the longer you can comfortably sit still in your meditation. Without any force of the mind (i must do this), it feels like a gift. Freedom. You fully open up to the moment, in love and light. A great sense of oneness takes over. An unconditional bliss. You’re whole, you’re home 😇🙏✨💙