If you meditate, you’re probably familiar with the walking meditation. A way to easily incorporate a practice into your life, the walking meditation allows a person to become mindful of their experience while walking. The point is to keep focus on the experience rather than on thoughts that attempt to distract you from being in the moment.
In this recent post from Times of India, yoga and meditation teacher Shakta Kaur explains her concept of a meditation which she calls, Breathwalk. According to Kaur, the practice is meant to synchronize your walking with specific breathing pattens. In doing so, the breath restores control over the mind. The walking meditation can be combined with mantra for additional benefit.
Mantra on your fingertips
“This is the basic technique: three minutes of this breathwalk, then walk and talk normally, then repeat after some minutes. The body soon establishes its own rhythm”, she adds.
Once you have mastered the steps with the mantra, the next step is to add the fingers. “On sa, you press the thumb pad to the index finger pad, on ta, you press the thumb to the middle finger, then touch the ring finger to the thumb for na, and finally, you press the little finger to the thumb pad on ma,” she says.
The mantra, according to the late Yogi Bhajan has many benefits. “Sa” evokes emotion and expansiveness; “ta” creates a feeling of transformation and strength; “na” stimulates a sense of universal love; “ma” evokes the quality of communicativeness. Shakta’s website explains the technique: “As you vibrate on each fingertip, you alternate your electrical polarities. The index and ring fingers are electrically negative, relative to the other fingers. This causes a balance in the electro-magnetic projection of your aura. Chanting sa-ta-na-ma is the primal or nuclear form of Sat Nam”.
Each time you close a mudra by joining the thumb with a finger, your ego “seals” the effect of the mudra in your consciousness. The mudra formed by the first finger is the gyan mudra and denotes knowledge. The second finger forms the shuni mudra, denoting wisdom, intelligence and patience. With the third, you form the surya mudra for vitality or energy of life. The fourth finger forms the buddhi mudra, which helps you to communicate.
Read more here from Kaur on using the meditation, Breathwalk.