Here’s another meditation and mindfulness technique that’s a little weird: shaking.
You know, shaking. Like the Quaker Shakers, like a simplified Sufi dance, like syncopated movements on the dance floor, only not quite.
My friend Amber Polo wrote a good introduction to how to shake here. Her article led me to author Larraine Herring‘s two part introduction to and demonstration of shaking; Larraine teaches this technique in her writing workshops as a way to help writers prepare to write.
Yes, it looks weird.
That’s why you get to do this in private where no one can see you. And no, you don’t have to do that jump thing to get started (watch the demonstration video!)
As Amber wrote, “Move and wiggle all your parts as if you had no bones. Shake for at least 5 minutes daily for a few days to see if it works for you.”
Once you get over the initial embarrassment, shaking feels fantastic and does help you let go of monkey mind.
So go on, shake it off like Taylor Swift, or for you old timers like me, shake it all over with the Guess Who.
*For a full list of associated meditation and mindfulness posts, click here.