Meditation/Meditative Walking/Running: developing a stronger spiritual connection with the physical

Warning:  It takes a lot of time(years)to develop the ability to handle this spiritual-physical exercise in its most intense form.  The body needs to be given time to adjust as to frequency, duration, and intensity of any intense type exercise including this meditative type.  One should consult a medical doctor if you have any conditions that could make this exercise unsafe in any way.  This should be done at your own risk.  The spiritual has a really inner individual focus,  unlike science, and one has the accept responsibility for ones own actions and ones ability to sense intuitively what will work best for you.  Crisis always entails risk, and all effective spiritual exercise trains one to handle life at its most intense, so their will be risks, and one needs to do ones best to be vigilant so as to avoid serious trouble even when faces really tough challenges.  FEEL FREE TO SIMPLIFY OR BE CREATIVE WHEN USING THESE MEDITATIVE EXERCISE TECHNIQUES SO AS TO MAKE THEM MORE READILY FIT YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS!

What is a meditative walk?  A meditative walk is a walk done with a breathing technique and rhythm that puts one into a meditative state. It involves short steps and rapid breathing and rhythmic movements. Controlled hyperventilation is what puts one into an altered meditative state. One has to get the body use to this state in order to handle it safely and gain the benefits of it, similar to other exercises. Some of the upper body movements are geared to simulating the brain and increasing the blood flow to it so that one can do this exercise in a very low energy fatigued state. Being able to handle a really low energy(survival) state really well helps one to become really strong and sensitive spiritually. Ones stationary meditation practices will get better as a result of doing this meditative walk, so that one can really quiet the mind and better tune into psychically to the energy around you. While doing the meditative walk, I do sense a lot psychically about the environment I am moving through, and do sort of snake through the neighborhood avoiding and energy that feels unsafe, crossing the street and changing course to avoid any thing that gives me an uneasy feeling. Sometimes avoiding dogs and wild parties is involved.

All meditation involves a degree of over-breathing(controlled hyperventilation)which removes extra carbon dioxide in the form of carbonic acid from the blood making the blood more alkaline which I believe adds to the relaxation affect that meditation has.  Different types of breathing tend to come with different emotional states.  Rapid short breaths often result when one is in a really intense emotional/spiritual state.  Spiritual training helps one to handle spiritual/emotional states that are difficult to handle and tend to put a lot of stress on the body.  In order to be able to handle very challenging physical-spiritual states,  one has to condition the body through a training program that involves effort over a long period of time.  When one does anything that the body has not conditioned to handle, it will be unsafe to do.  The medical profession does not tend to see hyperventilation as positive, since they deal with people who are not trained to handle it and tend to have a one size fits all scientific approach, that tends to ignore the importance of the type of inner individual focused spiritual approach that physical-spiritual exercises entail.

I have two breathing techniques I use with my meditative walking training program.  One which is less intense involving breathing in with one step(or forward arm movement) and out with the next.  And another that is more intense that involves breathing in and out with each step(or forward arm movement.  The more rapidly one breaths the shallower the breathing will tend to be.  The diaphragm has to be trained over a long period of time to be able to handle the more rapid movements that are involved in more rapid meditative breathing techniques.  The focus of my type of meditative walking is very much upper body, with the arm and shoulder movements and sideward movement of the waist, sort of powering the legs to move.  This exercise tries to limit the workload on the legs, and shift it very much to the upper body, which helps get more blood flow to the brain enabling one to do this meditative exercise when in a fatigued state in which one would not be able to normally function in.  The sort of exaggerated shoulder movements used in this exercise also help more blood flow get to the brain by sort of massaging the neck.  The rapid breathing I believe does affect one neurologically which also tends to stimulate the brain.

As one improves ones techniques one will tend to move slower as to forward progress and take quick shorter steps which will of course increase the rapidity of ones breathing(especially if breathing in and out with each step).  One can lean forward a little bit while focusing on landing on your toes first then heals and do more of a side to side motion which will help one take shorter somewhat quicker steps(using a sort of kicking motion) that can be done while in quite a deep fatiguing meditative state.  I find doing a sort of kneading action with the legs helps intensify the meditative state!   Closing the eyes for short periods of time(when safe to do)will help one to focus inwardly so that one can more effectively use the meditative state produced by this exercise to help one deal effectively with the emotions(psychological state)that the intensity of the meditative state produced tends to make one more aware of.  Any intensely effective meditative exercise will enable one to become more comfortable with and better able to handle more intense emotional/psychological states.  When doing meditative walking really intensely one can get ocular headaches that closing the eyes tightly for period of time can help you get rid of.  Keeping ones eyes open too long when in a meditative(somewhat similar to sleep) state can strain the eyes.  If one gets cramps or other painful physical symptoms, one needs to slow down and lessen the intensity of the exercise or focus more on the upper body movements that make it effectively work.  If your lower back hurts(from the tension created) you may need to stop and stretch periodically and be slower and more careful!  In time one will become more in tune with your body and become better able to know what will safely work for you, and what will cause you problems.  The object is not to hurt oneself, but to get healthier physically and spiritually.  I do now use a standing in place meditative movement exercise using the very same technique as the meditative walk, but with the feet staying planted in place.

One has to pay attention to your foot placement when doing meditative walking so that you can maintain good balance in an altered meditative state, the side to side movement of this exercise should help ones balance along with keeping ones feet far enough apart to increase stability.  One needs to pick a route that one is familiar with and is pretty safe especially when one is just beginning this exercise.  One can stop at anytime when faced with any possible dangers or obstacles.  When one becomes good at this exercise, one will be able to sort of snake through the territory one is walking through in a way to avoid any possible dangers or obstacles.  One will draw spiritual energy from the earth as one does this exercise which gives one more spiritual strength to be able to handle more and more challenging spiritual/emotional/psychological states as one improves at this meditative walking technique.

2/2/17 I also now started running again and am doing a 3/4 of a mile run(after over a year off) using the breathing in with one step and out with the next!  This breathing is a little more than normally required making the run more meditative in nature.  This helps me to get more out of myself spiritually so as to further intensify this exercise when doing it alone!  When exercising in a group I can feed off the spiritual energy of the group and require less of my own spiritual motivation to drive me!  Aerobic exercise like running or my dumbbell swing exercise increases circulation which helps the nerves to handle more.  Meditative walking does help exercise the nervous system and make it stronger.  Dealing with intense spiritual/emotional/traumatic situations does create stress which takes a strong nervous system to be able to handle well!

8/13/17:  Lately when doing my meditative walk, I close my eyes tightly with 3 steps and open them with the fourth when I can and still be alert to cars, dogs, obstacles etc.  I focus mainly on my back of my neck(an important brain-body connection point close to the reptilian part of the brain that it is so important to gain spiritual control of)and how my vigorous shoulder action in rhythm with my walking motion massages it.  The closing of the eyes tightly also create another focus on the third eye or spiritual center of the brain.  My movement does have a certain amount of side to side motion with its short somewhat quick steps which helps stimulate the connection between the right and left sides of the brain.  My lower back tends to get a lot of tension also because of the intensity and precision of the movements so I must stretch my back periodically to relieve some of this tension.  I do continue to breath in and out with each step!  When pushing the edge spiritually you need a lot of body awareness to ensure you do not  hurt yourself in a way that would put you out of action!  You can always stop doing the meditative walk at any time to prevent hurting yourself and just do a really safe easy walk or even stop and rest a while!

8/20/17:  This is how I now do my intense meditative morning 3/4 of a mile run routine 4 days a week! I do dynamic stretching before and after and brief running warm up before. I now run breathing in and out with each step using short quick steps and rapid arm movement! After really pushing my meditative walking to clear out some really deep emotions in me, I found I had to run this way to avoid certain pains in my feet from occurring. I focus on massaging my neck with my shoulder movements and on the reptilian part of the brain which can cause problems if not gotten under good control spiritually! I tired out quite a bit at the end. I feel I must exercise really intensely daily to protect my energy since it is so different spiritually as a result of its programming. My spiritual survival depends on me being able to handle the physical stress created by extreme spiritual/emotional states.

10/2/17: I have started focusing on the top of my head while using the same meditative technique as I mentioned on my 8/13/17 update above!  It seemed to give me more energy, but make me a little woozy especially when done at night!  It may be a technique that requires a lot of more basic meditative walking training first so that one has the really good balance and careful foot movement required!

One can use similar technique while doing a meditation lying down on ones back using similar shoulder movements and even legs movements to some degree.  One can move ones feet and hands/fingers a little bit also when doing this in order to gain more of a wholistic connection to the body.  One can even do some hand/finger movements when doing the meditative walk.  I find tensing the stomach muscle as though attempting to do a crunch(but without any actual body movement occurring) when breathing in can create tension that help one the breath more intensely and thus increase the effectiveness of this lying down exercise.  When doing a sitting meditation similar techniques can be used, but one may need to do a little back and forth movement of the body  above the waist in order to create tension in the stomach muscles in a similar way as I mentioned above in regard to the lying down meditation.  Also in both lying down and sitting meditation, it can be helpful to close ones eyes extra tightly when breathing in so as to help prevent or alleviate ocular headaches. One can close ones eyes or not when breathing out depending on what ones finds works best for you!  One can do various arm movements with sitting and lying down meditation for short periods of time in order to intensify the meditative state.  When the body gets more relaxed you will not be able to do as much body movement, but that is fine as you will then be in a very comfortable meditative state or may sometimes go into a dream sleep state and connect with the spiritual realm.  Dreaming is a very important spiritual state which is very much affected by how good your spiritual programming tunes you in!

IMPORTANT;  You can do even more intense meditative exercises and avoid ocular head aches by squeezing the eyes really tightly shut when exhaling the air forcefully out:  sort of squeezing forcefully what ever emotions out of ones body.  One does not have to keep the eyes continuously shut and can do this while walking and running while opening the eyes enough to proceed safely!  One will get better at this with practice as practice is what makes one really good at anything provided one uses good techniques so that one does not injure oneself.  Pain needs to be paid attention to and one may need to increase one shoulder movements and slow down a little or stop at times until one figures out how to keep from having any pain of the type that can injure oneself.  Recovery time is important!  It can takes decades of practice to become really good at pushing ones limits to the extreme and have developed the intuition and skill at making adjustments required to safely get away with it.  I been doing this most of my life and I am 65 years old!

Here is a YouTube video I did to demonstrate meditative walking:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8NpO23l3Eo

Here is a link to another extremely effective form of spiritual-physical training/exercise:

https://astrogoodwin.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/crunches-stretches-13-minutes-non-stop-2-hand-overhead-behind-back-dumbbells-swings-and-1-mile-meditative-runshort-walk/

 

 

 

 

 

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33 Comments

  1. Academia really needs to get its act together spiritually | astrogoodwin
  2. Encounter with two Mormons on bicycles during meditative walk! | astrogoodwin
  3. We need to end the cycle of abuse in this world! | astrogoodwin
  4. The importance of being grounded in this “insane” world | astrogoodwin
  5. The need for balance in ones spiritual training | astrogoodwin
  6. Misinformation and conspiracy theories and not enough truth | astrogoodwin
  7. Passion powers the spiritual and needs to be effectively directed | astrogoodwin
  8. Personal thoughts related to the struggle to survive and violence | astrogoodwin
  9. Fundamentalists and ideologues can really be insensitive to a spiritual pioneer like me | astrogoodwin
  10. Humor is no replacement for effective meditative techniques in helping one to better cope spiritually/emotionally | astrogoodwin
  11. Meditation is important to keeping positive emotionally | astrogoodwin
  12. Why as a spiritual pioneer I must train so extremely hard spiritually | astrogoodwin
  13. Indigo “spiritually gifted” children and getting the most out of oneself spiritually | astrogoodwin
  14. Karma and the strong need to transform the spiritual energy that dominates this world. | astrogoodwin
  15. Physical disabilites/limitation and intense spiritual training | astrogoodwin
  16. More spiritual maturity/seriousness is needed in today’s very challenging world. | astrogoodwin
  17. Too much forgiveness can harm ones ability to positively transform this world spiritually! | astrogoodwin
  18. Wild spiritual experiences vs reality based ones | astrogoodwin
  19. Pushing the edge in a way that I do not at all envision anyone else doing! | astrogoodwin
  20. My limitations visually has its advantages,but make certain spiritual techniques not work for me. | astrogoodwin
  21. Reliable/effective spiritual development | astrogoodwin
  22. Response to: Brain surgeon’s near death experience convinced him that heaven exists???? | astrogoodwin
  23. Did alien technology develop amazing ancient structures? | astrogoodwin
  24. The spiritual needs to break away from antiquated addictive divisive autocratic types ideologies/religions | astrogoodwin
  25. Being a spirtual pioneer on a spiritually backward planet. | astrogoodwin
  26. Meditative walking & other types of meditation | astrogoodwin
  27. Brains are required to push oneself extremely hard spiritually | astrogoodwin
  28. Meditative walking link | astrogoodwin
  29. Why I am able to do things spiritually others are not able to! | astrogoodwin
  30. Trauma, denial, distortion of reality and projection of ones flaws on others and outside world. | astrogoodwin
  31. I live in Houston and felt a lot of the spiritual impact of Hurricane Harvey | astrogoodwin
  32. Will be age 66 soon, and need my innovative spiritual energy and ideas to reach the public while I am still in my prime. | astrogoodwin

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