Sunday, June 19, 2011

Surfing as a Spiritual Exercise

My Buddhist beliefs include the idea that you can turn almost anything into a spiritual activity if you do it from the heart, with right intention and without harming others.  In this article about surfing as a spiritual exercise, the author suggests that riding waves has a meditative quality and that the power of nature can be both humbling and scary.  I would really like to learn how to surf.  I love spiritual activities that help us become more mindful and inject us into the present moment.

What are your biggest spiritual exercises?

Posted as part of Best Posts of the Week.


evey said...

I wholeheartedly agree with you that anything can be a spiritual experience. I am an artist, so getting my hands dirty with paint, glue, and who knows what else is an everyday occurrence. Aside from making the art itself, I find the act of washing my hands a spiritual exercise. I have this habit of breathing sort of shallow when I am concentrating really hard on projects. Making my way to the sink I always remind myself to take deep breaths and my mind starts to decompress. By the time my hands are clean, I feel like I have been in deep meditation for a few minutes.

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