Walking meditation is commonly practiced by Tibetan and Buddhist Monks and unsurprisngly, it’s a form of active meditation.
There are obvious differences when you compare walking meditation to other types of passive meditation techniques. Rather than sitting in one position for a period time, you.” During walking meditation your focus is on each step you take. Rather than walking mindlessly, welcome mindfulness into your step. Feel your entire body starting at your feet as you step into the ground and move forward with peaceful silence.
Many beginners enjoy this type of meditation technique because it’s easier for them to focus on the actual act of walking versus sitting still and concentrating to clear the mind. And the great news is that you still reap the many benefits of passive meditation, including decreased stress levels, improved relaxation and an increase in energy 🙂
Learn How To Walk And Meditate With These 6 Easy Steps
1. Start by standing up straight, then take 3 deep breaths. Feel each breath as you inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth.
2. Now that you’re relaxed, start walking forward at a steady pace. Now consciously focus on each step you take. Be conscious of your heel contacting the ground, and be aware as the rest of your foot makes contact.
3. Slow your pace if need be to ensure that each movement you take is made in a conscious state.
4. Be mindful of your breathing. Eventually, fall into a breathing-stepping rhythm where you consistently take 2 steps for every breath. Alter the number of steps to suit your own patterns.
5. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, relax your shoulders and gently smile.
6. Get into your “walking flow” and continue to be aware of your body while you walk for a minimum of 20-30 minutes.
Walking meditation is a great way to relax the mind and move the body at the same time. It’s the perfect excuse to get out there and connect with your body, soul and nature. There are walking meditation audio tracks as well so be sure to check them out if guided meditation is something that works for you!