I've got a dizzy/balance problem now so am not doing walking meditation, but I highly recommend it. It was my favorite kind of meditation, especially in the woods or shore where you are surrounded by nature.
I was expecting this article to meditation through prayer, or spiritual music. However, I do understand the concept of experiencing the walk through the touch of feet to ground, etc. I may try a combination of both when the snow and cold finally pass, as we live in the country with lot of opportunity to walk safely and enjoy the blessing of the God given nature around us. Whatever works to get me exercising, is a plus! Thank you for sharing!
I highly recommend checking out Carolyn Scott Kortge's book, The Spirited Walker. I think she has a website too. The full title is "Fitness Walking For Clarity, Balance, and Spiritual Connection" which pretty well sums it up better than I can. I liked it because it doesn't stress a particular belief system or religion & wasn't "New Age-y", just practical.
I need to practice a LOT more, but I'm working on it!
I find that walking with my dogs - REALLY WALKING WITH MY DOGS - is the very best form of meditation . .. they are always 'in the moment,' and always full of joy. My obnly task is to let myself go and enjoy the walk and them. We all return refreshed and happy.
6/2/2010 7:19:48 AM
Try focusing just on your breath, (breathe in, breathe out) as you walk to move towards a still mind.
Another approach is to concentrate on a specific specific object ahead, a tree branch or fence post, or whatever and remove all other thoughts.
Walking meditation is a wonderful addition to your daily practice.
Loved the concept. My legs and feet feel all tangled now. I need to get my brain and feet working together. lol Thank you for posting this article, it was great! :)
3/20/2010 11:01:53 PM
Right now, we don't live close to any nice walking trails, just sidewalks, so I won't be trying this out just yet. But, I enjoy watching the changes the seasons bring to the different yards I pass when I am out walking...it's not meditation, but it is mindful.
This article is FANTASTIC! I sove to bike, especially the local Rails to Trails, and discovered that I have been practicing 'biking meditation', I now know why I come home so serene and peacful.
1/17/2010 5:03:08 PM
Great article! I love walking meditation - i found it first on a video dvd by thich Nhat Hanh, nominated for Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King. I have now taken a class on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction here in Houston. Meditation helped me find that point where I chose between the stimulus and my response, others probably already have it. I learned meditation doesn't have to have any religious overtones via this MBSR out of Univ of Mass: Jon Kabot-Zen, etc . However as Shirleybob1 says prayer and meditation are very close. In fact, many studies show the exact same benefits from both - see Mayo Clinic, etc. A great article to help people cope with stress!
My husband and I were just talking about how I am always stressed and that I really need to do something about it because it is robbing my appreciation of the present. I've tried meditation and yoga many times before and I just found myself irritated by the stillness. I kept trying to force myself to do them because I "should". But now reading this I realize that maybe that's just my style. A walking meditation seems abundantly appealing because I already find walking outdoors immensely relaxing. Thank you so much for the info.
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