If you shudder at the prospect of sitting and meditating in silence, you may want to try Tai Chi. A series of fluid, dance-like movements that can be adapted to nearly any level of fitness and many physical limitations, Tai Chi is gentle on joints, yet helps bolster strength, improves both balance and flexibility, and reduces the risk of falls. Better yet, remembering the sequence of poses, and focusing on executing them precisely forces your mind to stay in the moment (which is a key aspect of meditation) rather than worrying about the future or ruminating over the past. And since a recent review of the scientific literature found that forms of exercise that require thinking or a learned skill appear to help preserve brain function as we age even better than more mindless activities, Tai Chi may very well benefit your brain, too.
Meditation in Motion
- by wendyhaaf