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
Releasing & Letting Go with Stretching & Body Therapy
Healing & Being Energized with Standing Flow
Listening and Being Attentive through Core Strength
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
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
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
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.