By Sasha K

walking meditation-smallWalking meditation is something that’s quite new to me. I’ve tried to meditate many times, but my mind always wanders or I fall asleep.

I didn’t realize meditating was possible while walking until now.

So you ask, what is walking meditation?

Walking meditation is about being mindful of your movements and the world around you.  By being mindful you’re aware of what’s going on around you.

I walk around my neighborhood almost daily.  It allows me to refocus my thoughts on something besides life with lupus and fibromyalgia.

Walking meditation is a creative way to redirect my brain. Since I’m an over analyzer it works for me. It allows my mind to escape from life’s anxieties too.

Walking meditation isn’t learned overnight. In the beginning, practice one mindful exercise at a time.

For a few days, focus on lifting one foot at a time and touching the ground as you walk slowly. Being mindful means you feeling every step.

As you walk focus on feeling the ground below you. Is it rough? Smooth? Have hills and valleys? Muddy? Sandy? Wet?  How does the grass feel on your feet?

After mastering your steps, you should focus on another part of your body. Focus on swinging your arms while you walk. How do the movements make you feel?

Work on controlling the speed of your arms. As you continue your walking meditation, add more mindful actions

Some Mindful Actions:

  • Focus on your hip movement
  • Be mindful of your breathing
  • Watching clouds build before a storm
  • The heat or wind hitting your face or back

During my walks, I’ve noticed a lot more things doing walking meditation then I have in the several years I’ve lived here. I didn’t know we had several cherry trees, the earth smell near the woods, the silly things people do, and more, I look forward to walking every day.

Everyone’s meditation is different, but what’s most important is being able to let go. Being mindful of the world around you allows you to relax more and feel whole.

How do you meditate? Tell us in the comments!

 

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