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.
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.
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