Movement & Meditation

Schools generally don’t teach contemplative practices such as meditation and self-reflection. These eight FORM practices give you ways to find your own path by integrating meditation with movement. From strengthening and stretching, to being free form, even to being still, FORM is a way for you to create your own meditative practice in motion.

 

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Transforming through Strength

Michael Morgan shares how he has learned through years of surfing, playing soccer and leading an active lifestyle, that pushing through failure is the only way he becomes stronger. Mike shares how he strengthens his body and that rest is just as important as an intense workout session.

Releasing & Letting Go with Stretching & Body Therapy

Learn to release what is not necessary through micro stretches – Body therapy is most effective as it’s integrated with a breathing cycle that’s an intentionally deep and slow inhalation and a relaxed and lingering exhalation. This focus on the breath is vital to calming the both the body and brain. Learn how to practice gentle stretch and release techniques for hands, neck and upper back, and legs and feet. One can be solo or learn to share with a friend.

Healing & Being Energized with Standing Flow

This standing exercise routine is inspired by Traditional Chinese Exercise (or “Qigong”) which is a breath-centered flow of movements. Practiced daily, Kathryn shows us how FORM can be integrated with Scripture, poetry or music to deepen the experience.

Listening and Being Attentive through Core Strength

In listening and being attentive to her body’s needs, Caitlin grows stronger and is learning ways to claim victory over the diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis, “AS”. With this fourth movement flow, strengthening the region of the core muscle groups including the lumbar, abdominals, hip flexors, gluteals and pelvic floor, helps Caitlin also develop a strong sense of spiritual alignment.

With these Pilates-style core-strengthening exercises, Caitlin has surpassed all of her doctor’s expectations for building strength and endurance. With her daily regimes of exercise, she incorporates the FORM practice of linking a theme from Scripture with each exercise. In this way, her physical being is integrated into her spiritual life. The most sacred moments are unspoken and private, the practice of FORM can become what you make it. Caitlin’s life story inspires us to take each day as it comes and not to worry about tomorrow.

Sharing Vision with Partner Stretching

Follow along with friends who practice FORM, from sisters and friends, to alums and students in a Convocation class. Each pair creates personal ways to meditate together with movement. You can’t help but smile when you embody shared vision with another person.

Carl Jung described this as synchronicity, a meaningful coincidence or a relationship of ideas that are not necessarily connected through cause and effect. When you are fully present with another’s person’s breathing and tone, you may begin to experience a peace that passes all understanding. We hope these inspire you to connect more authentically with another person today and will help you find ways to grow stronger and ever more joyous.

Uniting with Stillness

Perhaps the most difficult of practices is to be still and observe one’s breath –

Being mindful of our thoughts, body, and surrounding world is the key to meditation. Rather than emptying or clearing one’s thoughts, learn to have intention and focus. In this practice, Genevieve begins with sitting and lying still as she slows down and enjoys solitude.

At first, you might treat meditative stillness as a very serious undertaking, but here we see Robby placing himself with a lawn-mower man in the background. His hand movements are actually soothing and help focus his mind. Laughter is good – lighten up and make your FORM practice fresh each time.

Another approach is to be still and listen for that “quiet voice”, or sound of sheer silence. A favorite meditation of Kathryn’s, the founder of FORM, is to ponder the Scripture from Psalm 23. The passage, “leads me to quiet waters”, awakens her to an eternal reality. She says that it’s as if she’s transported beyond the pain and chaos of the world each time she hears this Word.

Being Tranquil & Peaceful with Labyrinth Walking

Walk with David Spain and Genevieve Smith as the labyrinth allows their minds to quiet and their bodies to lead them in forming tranquility and peacefulness.

It is a simple and clear path, labyrinths are not to be confused with mazes. The sacred labyrinths in places like Chartes are not designed to trick or deceive. The labyrinth helps strengthen intention. It’s a metaphor of every day life with three cycles: first, entering in releases the world and its worries; next, reaching center represents awakening to the sacredness of who you are; finally, the returning path is union and taking the walk’s benefits back into life. The only decision is when to enter. There are no rules, and no right or wrong way.

Being Free FORM with Underpass, Liminal Life, and Overpass

Enduring all things is possible as Dahan Kim, David Spain, and Genevieve Smith each practice a Free FORM flow of breath and movement.