Walking meditation is a simple yet powerful practice that can help us develop a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us. It is a form of mindfulness meditation that combines the physical act of walking with the awareness of meditation. By combining these two elements, we can become more present in our bodies and minds, while also finding moments of peace and stillness. Walking meditation not only helps
to reduce stress and anxiety but also improves our concentration, memory, and overall well-being. Furthermore, it can be practiced in any environment, from your backyard to a park or even on a busy street.
Practice of Mindful Walk
This is a quick, simple and easy guided meditation that can be done while walking.
1) Find a safe place to walk in nature where you will not be disturbed.
2) Find your breath – focus on your inhales and exhales throughout the walk. Let both inhalation and exhalation
take four steps each (you can adjust according to the rhythm that suits you). Practice it for ten minutes.
3) Then, bring forth the world around you – watch birds fly or hear leaves crunch as they pass by. In your mind, say the mantra: I am one with the Universe. I am immensely grateful.
4) Imagine yourself being supported by something (the ground beneath you, the trees overhead, etc.). These are all the marvelous manifestation of Nature helping you walk; supporting you; loving you.
This can help to create an overall sense of softness and calmness in your body/mind.
5) Allow any thoughts to come and go in the background – they are not what matters at this moment.
6) Repeat steps 1-5 as needed when you feel yourself becoming distracted or anxious.
Mindful walking is a great way to practice mindfulness and meditation while getting some exercise. It can help to reduce stress, improve concentration and focus, and even boost creativity. With mindful walking, you don’t need any special equipment or skills – just your own two feet!