You can make any human activity into meditation simply by being completely with it and doing it just to do it. If you really enjoy swimming, you swim not to get to the other side of a river or to complete a certain number of laps, or to go so far out into the ocean, or to compete in any way with yourself or with other people. You swim to experience the water rippling past you, and to enjoy then floating sensation when you lie on your back and look at the blue sky and the birds circling about. Every moment of it you are simply absorbed in this ripply, luminous world looking at the patterns and the shifting net of sunlight underneath, and the sand way down below -that’s what swimming is about.

Some of us like swimming, and in the same way some of us like religion and meditation.

Alan Watts | Still the Mind: An Introduction

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