Mindful walking, also known as walking meditation, is a practice that involves taking time purely for yourself, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The individual is actively moving, while being consciously aware of the movement of the body and the environment surrounding them.
Incorporating mindful walking into your life brings the body and mind back into focus.
As people who live in a world that is forever moving, this practice gives a person the opportunity to step outside and be one with nature, or even if there’s no access to the outdoors, walking meditation can work even by just finding a quiet place that you feel safe to wander around in.
No matter how or where you situate yourself during this process, whether it’s a trip to the park, a walk around the block, or even just wandering around the halls at work, it can quite easily be turned into a rewarding meditative experience. The key is to make the effort to focus your mind and all your senses on the task at hand, and we’re going to show you how.
When people walk, it’s generally to get to a destination, and many don’t focus on the walk itself, merely looking at it as a means to an end. Mindful walking gives you a purpose, it takes you out of your minds haze.
With the overwhelmingly positive effects on both the brain and overall mood of individuals who’ve participated in this type of meditation, it’s no wonder mindful walking is an ever growing practice that people are taking on.
Before even beginning, make sure you’re put yourself in the mindset that your about to walk mindfully. It prepares your body and mind to be aware from the moment you stand up. Your attention will automatically hone in on the arms and legs, and how they move and feel.
Focus on breathing steadily and naturally, be aware of the swift movement of every step you take. Take in the smells of where you are, feel the ground beneath your feet, pay attention to what you walk past, the colours and textures of the world around you. Take it all in, appreciate it all. You’ll find it eye-opening, how much more you see and understand when mindfully walking.
The main concept behind mindfulness is being present in the now. So mindful walking is an amazing way of achieving this, as it allows you to be present in your now, every step and every breath you take.
By ridding yourself of all ill feelings, stresses and impending life problems, all the worlds chaos drowns itself out. Your mind eases into a meditative state that is open to accepting both yourself and everything around you, in a way that you never would’ve thought of.
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