every street in the world
is your walking meditation path.
The art of walking meditation is not as popular as some of the more traditional methods of meditation where you sit down in some type of a cross-legged position. But, walking meditation can prove to be much more accessible and easier to use to renew your inspiration and energy.
The Art of meditating
When you engage in walking meditation, you will be using some of the same principles as used in regular meditative practice. Here are a few tips to use when beginning with meditation:
- Schedule yourself plenty of time, at least 30 minutes to an hour.
- Focus all of your attention on your breath.
- Try to avoid making noise as it may distract you.
- Concentrate solely on the present moment.
- Go with the flow.
- Follow the energy that your mind is giving you.
How to begin walking meditation
Walking meditation differs from regular meditation in a few ways. The most obvious is the fact that you will walking instead of staying still. This is beneficial for those people who think more clearly when they are moving around. Also, when you practice walking meditation, you can eventually engage in this form of meditation as you complete your day-to-day tasks. This is useful because you will not always have enough time for a standard length meditation session.
Use these strategies to enhance your experience as you begin walking meditation:
1. Pause. Start by standing. Do not begin walking right away. Stay calm and give yourself time to get into a steady pattern of breathing. Once you have achieved this balance, you can begin walking. This stage can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Just do what feels right for you at the moment.
2. Where? Choose your location. Have some idea in mind about where you are going to walk before you start the practice. If you do not have a plan in mind beforehand, you may become too distracted thinking about where you are headed.
It is entirely up to you where you want to walk, but choose a place that tends to be calm instead of busy. You can walk in a park and take in nature, or you can even walk in circles in a large empty room.
3. Pace yourself. Your pace will probably vary from session to session, and that is okay. Try starting out a little faster than intended, then slow down to a pace that makes you feel balanced and almost like your body is doing the work automatically.
4. End your session. Most sessions last about 30 minutes to an hour. This should be enough time for you to enjoy the meditative practice as well as get some exercise in the process. To end your session, slow down and stand up straight for a few minutes. Focus on your breathing just as you did at the beginning of your session.
How to bring your walking meditation into everyday tasks
It’s a good idea to master the art of walking meditation before you being trying to bring your regular meditative practice into your everyday living. Doing so will give you a better idea about what it is like to meditate while your body is in motion.
While you will not be able to meditate while you are talking or engaging in activities that you are not completely familiar with, you can start to make it a part of your daily routine, whether it be in the mornings during your commute or during your lunch break. On a personal note, I often use this technique to relax while going through airports when traveling alone.
Check your emotions
Walking meditation, just like “regular” meditation, has the power to get you in touch with your true emotions. Some people are unsure about what they are feeling and may end up repressing feelings or acting out in anger. Your emotions will generally rise up during a walking meditation session, which is why it is a good idea for you to engage in these meditation sessions often. It is part of learning who you really are.
With continued practice, you will find that you have an additional a powerful tool in your life that can help calm, refresh, inspire, and motivate your mind wherever you go!