A walking meditation is a great choice for those who like the outdoors. In a walking meditation, you walk silently and contemplatively. Walking is very calming for the mind, body and spirit. If you find yourself stressed, one of the best things you can do is to get outside and move and take a break. Taking a short walk, or even a long walk is simple to do, and it can help ease away stress and anxiety.
For those who have trouble sitting still, a walking meditation is a wonderful option. Incorporating a simple walking meditation into your day is a wonderful way to ease away the tension of the day. The goal of a walking meditation is to become mindful of the present moment. You can do a walking meditation anywhere, but an ideal place is a place like a park or somewhere that has greenery or foliage.
Try reading through this meditation first, before going outside to practice. While walking, try and tune out distractions and don’t talk to or chat with other people, if you can help it. This meditation will allow you to reconnect with your natural surroundings, enhancing your well-being.
Take a deep breath in and feel your breath as it moves down into your body. Feel the air as it fills your lungs. Hold your breath for just a moment and then ease it out, slowly and gently.
Continue to relax and slowly breathe in… and slowly exhale. Begin letting go of all distractions and thoughts. As you take another deep breath then slowly exhale, feel yourself growing very peaceful and centered.
Take one more deep breath, and notice the temperature of the air. Gently let out your breath, and release any anxiety or tension.
Now begin walking and bring your attention to your body. Notice how your feet feel as they hit the pavement or the ground. See if your feet feel light or heavy. Just become more aware of your body as you walk.
Now focus on your breathing. Notice where your breath comes from and how it feels? Does it come from your diaphragm or your nose? Does your breath feel tense or relaxed?
As you walk, take in a breath of life energy, and allow it to fill you up. Use your breath to connect more fully to your surroundings. Breathe in, and as you exhale, send your breath out of your body through your feet. Try and open up your senses to take in everything all around you.
As you walk, notice what sounds you hear or aromas you smell. Listen for the sounds of life all around you. Notice how these sounds and smells affect you as you walk with your attention on your environment. Notice anything and everything, and continue walking, watching and listening.
Let your eyes focus in on everything you encounter from the smallest blade of grass to the largest tree. Nature is a cornucopia of life and a perfect representation of abundance. Stretch your arms and take in the sunshine and breathe deeply. Notice the tiny, intricate patterns of the leaves on the trees.
Notice that life exists wherever you look. Notice the wind rustling through the leaves of the trees. Notice how their branches lean towards the sun. Notice the interplay of life all around you. Breathe it in.
As you walk, touch the leaves and the plants. Feel the tree trunks and sense the sap lying within. Notice and recognize the cycles in nature and the cycles of life.
As you walk around, notice the length of your stride, and focus on each step. Pay attention to your environment, noticing all the little details.
Tune into nature until you feel the love and the peace and the joy. Notice the look of the sunlight on the trees and plants, and take the time to appreciate the uniqueness of nature.
Walk mindfully, and fully, paying attention to where you are at the moment. If your mind drifts, just refocus on the environment right in front of you.
Nature provides us with the greatest symphony in the world, so taking the time to appreciate it can help you shift your energy into a feeling of gratitude and joy.
Just continue walking, noticing your surroundings. Take as long as you like and allow nature to heal you.