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A Guide to Walking Meditation

Zen and the Art of Multitasking


  • can someone explain the Breathwalk? I really want this to count for fitness as well as meditation - 11/4/2010 9:41:45 AM
  • 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. - 7/15/2010 11:14:19 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. - 6/2/2010 7:19:48 AM
  • 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! :) - 4/21/2010 8:36:13 AM
    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's not meditation, but it is mindful. - 3/20/2010 11:01:53 PM
  • I learned walking meditation at a zendo. It is wonderful. Also very helpful is a yogic technique I learned called Breathwalk. It is similar. - 2/7/2010 10:05:45 AM
  • 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. - 1/18/2010 8:50:12 AM
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    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! - 1/17/2010 5:03:08 PM
  • 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. - 1/17/2010 10:10:24 AM
  • Well, I am NOT into Zen meditation....but I do PRAY and meditate on God and His creation on my hikes and walks. I always feel at such peace to know that God loved me enough to make such beauty for me to enjoy. The most important thing for us in getting out to walk or hike, is to enjoy every moment, to absorb the quiet and to realize that there IS so much more to life! WOO! - 1/11/2010 1:00:34 PM
    Excellent article. Thanks for sharing ! - 10/23/2009 11:34:20 PM
  • In the beginning, I found walking meditation instruction through a zendo (zen center) and also a very good instructions from books from zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. The most useful one I found, though, was BREATHWALK BY DR DHARMA SINGH KHALSA. Technically he is a yoga guy, but the technique is similar and less esoteric. I would consider traditional walking meditation more meditation than fitness. I would consider the Breathwalk technique more of a combination of fitness and meditation, even though it is also yoga. Now that is multitasking. Dr. Dharma has a website and I think he might have some more info about it on his website. - 10/23/2009 9:40:09 AM
  • Interesting article. I meditate on the goodness of God. I've been walking for a little over two years now and it has been an awesome journey. - 10/6/2009 2:42:55 PM
    I'm going to try this. It sounds very therapeutic! - 10/6/2009 2:33:47 PM
  • what a fantastic article! I'm looking forward to giving this a try on my walk today. - 9/3/2009 9:01:03 AM

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