Bliss Mission: Refocus with Walking Meditation

Bliss Mission: Refocus with Walking Meditation

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!

 

Affirmations & Reflections: Uncluttered Mind

Affirmations & Reflections: Uncluttered Mind

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I have an uncluttered mind.

I am free of all random thoughts and distractions. Whatever I choose as my focus becomes the sole direction of my mind. And I am thankful for the ability to direct my thoughts.

Each moment, I have choices about what I bring to pass in my life. I have heard that what we think, we create, and I believe that this is true. Much of my creative power lies in my ability to choose my thoughts. I set out in one direction and go only that way until I decide otherwise. Nothing can distract me.

My focus is singular.

I am capable of excluding all else from my mind except for whatever I choose to focus on.  If competing ideas arise, I consciously set them aside for another time. I engage in this on a thought-by-thought basis, cultivating awareness of my mind’s contents so that I can choose its direction.

I am thankful for my focus, which allows me to be truly centered in who I am and what I want.

Since I can really be present in each moment, I can also fully enjoy the blessings that come my way. I can equally savor my partner’s laughter, the warmth of sunshine, or the intensity of completing a long project. This is a gift, and I am thankful.

Today, I celebrate my mental clarity. My focus has contributed substantially to all of my accomplishments. Because of my uncluttered mind, I am easily able to manifest my highest vision of myself. And I intentionally cultivate my focus at every possible opportunity.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. What topics are easiest for me to focus on?
2. Are there directions in which I would rather devote my mental energy?
3. What can I do today to continue to cultivate an uncluttered mind?

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