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Meditation is not the absence of movement, either in the body or in the mind. If you do not understand the nature of the process, how will you recognize its results? Meditation must occupy the same space as movement, both in the body and in the mind. Movement is meditation.
Asana is not a "preparation for seated meditation," asana is meditation. (Yes, I know what Patanjali said.) Seated meditation is, in one way, a context in which to explore your being and open up to the current of grace running through you; in another way, seated meditation is simply like recharging your smartphone or laptop by plugging them into an electrical socket.
Unless you rise up from seated meditation and cultivate moving meditation in your practice and in your life (a moving meditation which dances with both the body and mind in their respective realms of action) you might as well be polishing a brick in the hope of producing a mirror. It is like leaving the smartphone or the laptop in the recharger and never turning them on to use them.
This is not as elusive as it might seem, it is not some secret teaching that should only be shared with you after you have spent a lot of time polishing that brick, or paid someone a lot of money to tell you how to polish it. This is a simple, powerful truth accessible to you in this moment.
Meditation must occupy the same space as movement, both in the body and in the mind. Movement is meditation. Asana is not a "preparation for seated meditation," asana is meditation. Meditation is not stillness, either in the body or the mind. There is no stillness in this universe. There are only ever more refined levels of vibration.
-- Richard Power, Author, Speaker, Yoga Teacher (RYT500)
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