Walking meditation is for those people who find it inconvenient to sit at one place for too long. Mindful walking is one of the different types of meditation that focus on meditation while walking. The goal is to live in the present and not worry about reaching a destination. When a person retraces their steps or observes their feet while walking, they live the moment at present.
What Is Walking Meditation?
Walking meditation different from seated meditation. The person walks at a slow pace focusing on their breath work. The objective is to meditate but with movement.
Different Types Of Walking Meditation
- Theravada walking meditation
- Zen walking meditation
- Thich Nhat Hanh’s walking meditation
- Mindfulness walking meditation
- Yoga walking meditation
- Daoist walking meditation
How To Do Walking Meditation?
1. Choose A Location.
Select an area where you can walk for a minimum of 15-20 steps. The setting must be quiet and peaceful. It is better if you are alone to avoid greeting people.
2. Start Walking.
Stand still to align yourself. Take a few deep breaths. Start walking. Stop and again breath deeply. Walk back in the opposite direction when you are ready. Repeat the process for at least for 10 minutes. You can do this in a park, climb up the hills or just anywhere where it’s easier to feel the essence.
3. Set Your Pace.
This is a practice where you walk slightly slower than your normal speed. It’s a process of mindful walking that lets you gain control over the sense of you. Look at your feet while moving forward, bend, and touch the ground.
4. Be Attentive And Aware.
It is critical to have an awareness of the environment. But, do not let your thoughts engage deeply in the things around you. Keep your focus on breathing and walking.
5. Stay Comfortable.
The practice must not cause you any discomfort. Let your hands loose or clasp them behind your back for comfort.
Different types of meditation differently cater to each one of you. Each form has its own advantages. Some of the walking meditation benefits are:
- Mindful walking allows you to stay in the present.
- It reduces stress and anxiety.
- The practice allows you to acknowledge your feelings instead of ignoring them.
- It teaches you patience when you walk at a slow speed.
- You connect with the earth and the environment while practicing mindful walking.
- Walking every day for even 10 minutes will keep you healthy and fit.
- It gives you an opportunity to gain a sense of self.
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