Great stuff here but to be honest here in NY this would never work outdoors because you would either end up getting mugged or run over. I do though, get the "focus" part and how this would help your mind to wander away from not so happy things. Hence, a calmer and less stressful state. Thanks for sharing!
I guess I'm not very Zen. I love walking and see it as a way of relaxing and recharging through connection with nature. My usual and favorite paths are in the woods, or along the river. I tried the first technique described here a while ago (admittedly only once), and found that 1) I was very bored after 10 minutes, which evoked feelings of frustration, and 2) felt as though I was missing out on the very thing I find so calming and relaxing, that is being in the moment with nature. Watching the swallows' aerial dance above the river, listening to the calls and songs of the birds in the trees above me, the chatter of the squirrels, the sound of the wind moving through the leaves, the subtle changes in the light as it passes through the trees. Sorry, but my feet can't begin to complete with all of that! :-)
My son does meditation and has been encouraging me to join him. I shall share this article with him, for his comments, and also check out WildMind.org
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My father who is 77 years old has found a beautiful place with a little pond where he walks everyday. He always prays there. I got an opportunity to walk there with him and it was fabulous and very peaceful.
I have been Pole Walking for a few years now. What a wonderful way to get exercise, time alone with your thoughts, & a chance to meet people. I usually walk 10 miles at a time at least 3 days a week. My poles take the stress off the knees, I have a great rhythm as I move along, I love being outside enjoying nature.
I practice walking meditation naturally anyway, and as another member stated, that when walking with my dog it is much easier to be in the moment as animals are always living in the moment. Walking is my favourite activity, I feel so alive and love the effect the changing seasons has on everything. It also makes me feel how small and insignificant my problems are.
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