Because the body and the mind are not only connected, they are different facets of the same thing.  Every aspect of one is reflected in the other.

In tai chi, we say that everything physical has psychological analogues, and everything psychological has physical analogs.  What shows up in your practice shows up in your life, and vice versa.

If the body becomes rigid during meditation, so will the mind.  A flexible body corresponds to a flexible mind.

From another perspective, physical movement propels circulation, of both blood and lymph as well as chi.

Finally, all meditation centers on breathing.  If the body is fluid, the breath moves throughout it.  Restricting the body in any way automatically restricts breathing.

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One thought on “Why Meditation Should Engage The Body As Well As The Mind

  1. Nice article.

    This is a life long journey and we have this whole life to practice. The results DO come but perseverance is the key.

    To experience and appreciate the “life force” within our breath is the greatest source of personal peace, because living within the conscious feeling of this power will tame our wandering mind and allow us to be who we really are – our true self – in peace and love.

    The gift of breath is everything – the beginning and end of human life. This is not something to be taken for granted, but is a reason, every moment of our life, to feel appreciation and infinite gratitude.

    Those who are motivated from the longing and thirst withing, will find the way – it is their destiny.

    All dreams come true – in their own time.

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