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A Guide to Walking Meditation

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  • I found this article at just the right time; I have the goal to walk daily (during sunlight hours, which is actually the most difficult bit about it!) _and_ to meditate daily. So: perfect combination!

    I tried to look up (well, google) walking meditation before but didn't find descriptions which were helpful for me. This is just right: concise, informative, motivating and, hurray!, with useful links.

    Thanks very much!
  • I really enjoyed this. You can do this almost anywhere. I don't think I would try it in downtown Detroit, but I live in a nice quiet community. I will definitely keep this in mind.
  • I loved your Blog and can hardly wait to reach another level with walking.
  • Several years ago, I tried Passage Meditation (memorizing Scripture and meditating on the words), but the idea was to empty the mind and sit still. I changed it for me, so it is not the authentic, but I started walking and doing the Passage Meditation. This has been very good for me; I do it first thing in the morning when I am alone and I find it both relaxing and invigorating.
  • This is a very powerful tool, and will continue to try to train this way. Particularly to the part about Feelings.
  • what a great reminder i have been doing this for several months after a spark friend challened me to give it try
  • Ok, I tried this while walking on my treadmill... Almost fell off!
  • Meditation is great for me!
  • I think I'm going to try doing this at work as it gets nicer. I get so stressed and feel so alone and like an outcast at work so maybe this will help with my mindset.
  • Good article. I tried this meditation walking n loved it. It was easy for me as I do meditation every day and while walking I always do naam smaran (repeating the name of my guru) hence this kind of awareness walking was refreshing for me :)
  • good share but to much work for me i just put on my shoes and head out the door enjoy the sites say my Rosary some days I can say two and walk my loop which is a mile. just getting restarted after winter and just doing the stationary bike in the gym or while the washer ran .
  • I mostly focus on posture when I walk, but as I do most of my walking at the beach, I'm also taking in my surroundings and enjoying the calmness and solitude of having very few people around me.
  • Been so focused on walking as exercise that I had forgotten the meditative part. I used to be part of a group that did Vipassana and incorporated that into a walking meditation. It was beautiful. Am grateful for the reminder that all my walking doesn't have to be only exercise.
  • I'm not sure if what i used to do is "walking meditation", but I know that I miss walking terribly and that I was always soothed for having walked. I could walk miles and miles without fatigue. I'm working up to being able to do that again.

    I heard something in a video once that exactly what walking is for me: my body grows strong, and my mind relaxes.
  • RWRIGHT62
    Hi, due to some physical limitations I will be walking on a treadmill at the Y, I should be able to adjust the mental/meditation aspects to fit into that setting with a bit of change in thought to accommodate my location shouldn't I? Any tips for walking meditation on a treadmill that might be helpful? Thanks!

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