Updated: Oct 2
How to meditate while walking
So we already know that meditation is a great addition to our daily life. But how often do we need to meditate for it to be effective? Actually, one of the keys to gain positive results from meditation is to do it regularly. So then how can that be achieved in the busy lives that we lead? Hense Walking Meditation is a practice which can easily be incorporated into our daily lives. To find out more how we can incorporate meditation into our daily life you can book a free intro session to explain how you can begin to learn to let go.
Meditation in daily life
We live in an age now where more and more of us are seeing the importance of meditation. Meditation reduces stress and negative thinking which could be seen as the root cause of many unhealthy human conditions such as feelings of anxiety, incessant worrying, fear, uncertainty. These can also lead to stress related conditions in the body causing poor health and sickness.
‘But how can I actually meditate while walking ?’ Is a common question for those of us with busy lifestyles.
A large amount of our time is spent walking to work, school, shopping or even a stroll through the park in lunch break…learning an effective walking meditation technique could really help incorparate meditation into your daily routine.
How can we meditate while walking
So there are steps you can take..(no pun intended!) When you walk, we can begin to come aware of thoughts which come to mind. As you do this you’ll probably begin to notice that multiple thoughts are coming up. Let’s suppose you are on the way to work. Maybe there are many kinds of worries about your boss, your job, your performance, your reputation. After work, you might get many stressful thoughts and negative minds from your day at work. If you have family, you might have thoughts about them, the future, money, all these things…
1. How to get going
Pick a start and end point
For an effective and calm walking meditation, choose a location where you know the start and end point where you won’t get too many interruptions. From the starting point to the end point, we need to focus on meditation. You could start from your front door to your job or from your work place to somewhere like the gym, the grocery store… or even better you can choose a park to go to for your daily meditation. In London for example there are many expansive, beautiful parks such as Hyde park or Regents park and smaller greens such as bloomsbury Square which are dotted all over London.
2. Focus on Meditation, this is the practice
The most important thing to be able to do meditation while walking is to focus on just that. Even if it’s a short walking meditation there must be no other goal in mind. Hence giving yourself a set amount of time and distance helps to focus.
3. Allow yourself to observe your thoughts.
As you start walking some thoughts will come up (including: what am I doing? ..does this even work? ..Am I actually meditating?), you just need to take a back seat as if you were at the movies and just observe the thoughts (we also call them pictures or illusions as they are just in our mind) that come up. It could be hard at first but even if you are watching a confusing movie you are already going in the right direction! Just keep on practicing.
4. The technique
let go of all the thoughts
Our meditation is letting go as in litterally discarding of all the distracting thoughts. When you walk, look at the thoughts that are brought up. Then you can begin to imagine a rubbish bin is in front of you and every time you see a thought or picture just throw in the rubbish bin. At the end of the meditation just empty the rubbish bin in the fire and you will notice that all the pictures burn and disappeared. Keep repeating this exercise.
This 20 minute walking meditation technique has helped thousands of meditation students to let go of their burdens. At the beginning it can seem uneasy but if you keep at it you will realize that your negative thoughts will decrease and your negative minds will be gone.
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Enjoy Meditation while walking,