Walking meditation is a beautiful practice and sometimes easier than sitting meditation or trying to be still. Normally we walk to get from point A to point B; there is a purpose, a destination. Throughout our day we may even be walking towards something way off in the future. This takes our mind to the future.
In walking meditation your focus is simply on the transfering of weight from one foot to another as you slowly walk and observe your present path. By slowing down and focusing on each step we ground ourselves and connect to the earth.
You might feel a little off balance when you walk slowly and with intention. We usually walk without even thinking about it, so when you bring focus to the movement it can feel odd. You will also notice that when you get lost in thought your pace will quicken. This is a sign to come back to just walking.
Walking meditation can be a nice way to transition from work to home. It is a valuable mindfulness tool and helps with balance too. Mindful Magazine provides instructions to walking meditation here. Experiment with walking meditation throughout the week and notice the effects.
Mindful moments are short practices to be used throughout your week to relax, integrate and center yourself. Inspired by the wisdom traditions and science, mindful moments are meant to be accessible and simple enough for anyone to practice. Many teachers and leaders in integrative medicine have influenced our approach to mindful moments. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Pema Chodron would say it is “practicing in the gaps.” Look for the weekly mindful moment every Monday. May it support you in finding your center to live life to the fullest.
Join us for Sitting Meditation on Tuesdays at 5 PM or Thursdays at 5:30 PM at Lakeside.