When people think of meditation, they normally associate it with sitting on a meditation pillow or mat, in lotus position, with incense and a candle burning. And while the practice at one time only enjoyed promotion in the East, today meditation is practiced around the world. For those who don’t have the time to sit in lotus position chanting mantras for hours on end, consider a walking meditation.
In this Intent article, the benefits of a walking meditation are discussed. According to the post, a walking meditation allows a person to connect to the Earth, and in doing so, slow down the body, mind, and breath all in an attempt to get into the now.
Each step we take can lead us to becoming more mindful of ourselves and our feelings. Walking slows us down enough not only to pay attention to where we are in our body, but also to our breath. Taking time to simply notice our breath while we walk, through the length of our inhales and exhales, and becoming attuned to the way in which we breathe is taking a step towards mindfulness. When we become more mindful, we gradually increase our awareness of the environment around us and start to recognize that the normal flow of our thoughts and feelings are not always related to where we are in the present moment. Gradually we realize that the connection we have with the earth and the ground beneath our feet is all that is. By walking and practicing breathing mindfully we gain a sense of calm and tranquility — the problems and troubles of the day slowly fade away because we are in the ‘now’.
Read more about a walking meditation here.