Much has been said as to the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, not the least of which is an increased appreciation of the moment. Let’s face it, we spend enough time dwelling in the past or anticipating the future. The more time we can focus our attention on what’s actually going on the better. A great way to practice mindfulness is through walking. Some call it mindfulness meditation, others a walking meditation. Regardless, its important to use the time to connect not only to yourself, but also to your surroundings.
In this Intent post, Don Joseph Goewey introduces us to walking as a way to incite novelty into a person’s life. The hope is to transcended anxiety and stress and give your brain a boost. According to Goewey, by applying 5 steps (pun not indented) to your practice you can help to excite your brain while at the same time calming your nerves.
- Leave all your troubles behind you.
- Quiet your mind as you walk, letting go of thoughts that pull you back into problems.
- At the beginning of the walk, imagine each in-breath softens and opens your heart and each exhale expands your mind.
- Be present in the moment. Notice simple things like colors, sounds and smells and feel sensations, such as the wind caressing your cheek.
- At the end of the walk, let your mind go completely.
Read more about using a walking meditation to calm your nerves here.