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Unwind Your Mind with Walking Meditation

Unwind Your Mind with Walking Meditation
Just as focusing on our breath can provide a meditative experience, so too can walking with focused attention. The “left, right, left, right, left, right” of walking can lay out a clean canvas from where a colorful meditation can be born. Walking meditation allows you to enjoy nature while you develop clarity and perspective on your life. Plan to do this once a week: Think of it as taking your thoughts for a walk as you allow your brain to unwind and freely let go of usual thought patterns, inviting fresh ideas in.

5 Steps to a Walking Meditation:

1. Choose

Choose when and where you will take your thoughts. Think of this as time away from your usual thinking patterns and let go of any ideas about what you should think about. Early morning, with the day ahead of you, is a good time of day to plan.

2. Prepare

Clear any restrictions on your time so that you can go where your feet want to take you. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Pack a water bottle and take a walking stick if you are going to walk on uneven terrain. And don’t forget your cell phone in case of any emergency; just silence the ringer during your walk.

3. Go

Slip out your door and go to a place of natural beauty. Appreciate the luxury of spending time in nature while you leave your work and stresses behind. If possible, stay on marked trails or walking paths so you don’t have to focus on your destination.

4. Enjoy

Walk aimlessly without rushing. Maintain awareness of your body, truly feel the rhythm of walking and notice your feet touch the ground with every step. At the same time, you can relax and enjoy the views, the sights of others and the activity of nature. Listen for the sounds of life around you. Reverberate with nature, relax into it and allow your mind to be free. Allow any thoughts that enter your mind to dance through it like butterflies on the wind, releasing them to fly away. If your mind catches on a thought, just remind yourself that this is a moment of personal freedom, and release it.

5. Finish

Keep going until you feel you are finished, then turn around and enjoy the walk back. As you return, notice if any predominant thought of clarity occurs to you. Don’t force it; just allow it to bubble up like fresh spring water in your mind. Carry your refreshed perspective with you throughout the week!
Written by L.A. Trombetta
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