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A Guide to Walking Meditation

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  • 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. - 12/8/2011 9:54:40 AM
  • 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. - 6/11/2011 12:37:40 AM
  • 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! - 4/2/2011 1:00:45 PM
  • I walk while pushing a stroller, I'm wondering if the distractions of my children will allow the walking meditation to work. I guess I'll just have to try it and see ;) - 2/11/2011 8:42:40 AM
  • 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! - 1/26/2011 4:22:02 PM
  • I like the part about Feelings: about the association between your feelings and the following emotional response. I need to practice that. - 12/11/2010 9:18:16 PM
  • Great article. I love walking - 11/8/2010 12:38:23 PM
  • 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
  • NJ_HOU
    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

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