I’ve been told by many people that their lives are simply too busy to sit down and practice meditation and mindfulness. However, there’s many ways to practice mindfulness for a few minutes each day and the benefits are worth it. Mindfulness is proven to help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, and improve mental health (among other things). Below, I’d like to share how to practice walking mindfulness in your everyday life.
If you’ve been following this blog, you know that there are countless ways to apply walking mindfulness in everyday life along with the benefits it provides. However, for many people who may feel anxious and want to move around, I would like to highly suggest walking mindfulness. Here’s how to do it:
Find a Quiet Place
First, find a space where you can walk 12-14 steps before you have to turn. This could be in your living room, backyard, or any space large enough where you feel comfortable to practice. Wearing shoes is optional.
Become Aware of Your Surroundings
Next, notice your body as you stand still. How is your breathing? Feel the connection of your body to the ground and take in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes or other sensations as they come to you. Do you hear birds chirping in the background? How does the carpet feel against your toes? Notice any thoughts or emotions and simply let them be.
Lifting, Moving, Placing
Take a few deep breaths. Then, slowly shift your weight to your left leg and lift your right foot up. Move it forward and place it back down on the ground. Continue lifting, moving, and placing your feet as you walk with awareness…one step at a time.
When it’s time to turn very slowly shift your body. Keep your mind on your body’s movements as you pivot and begin to walk towards where you started.
Repeat As Necessary
As you move forward, notice your body and breath. Has it moved into a rhythm? There’s no need to change your breathing, but you might notice that it’s changed without you noticing it. When you return to your starting place, be still and notice the sensations in your body caused by ending your movement. Continue walking and turning as necessary.
How Did This Work For You?
Ahh…I hope you felt relaxed practicing walking mindfulness. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how walking meditation worked for you. Please email me your experience at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first time I tried walking meditation it was a little bit of a challenge, but I quickly fell into a groove and felt a deep sense of relaxation. If you’re looking for a mindful walking meditation guide, I encourage you to check out this 10 Minute Mindful Walking Meditation video on YouTube.
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