What is Walking Meditation
Walking meditation is a kind of moving meditation that is ideal for people who want to meditate but find it difficult to practice in a sitting posture.
Why to Practice Walking Meditation
Meditation is known to bring countless benefits into our lives. It is a wellness practice that allows us to explore life in the present moment. There are many different traditions and styles of Meditation. With hundreds of styles to choose from, finding a style that is best suited for our personality and our needs can be challenging. Finding the right kind of meditation is key to how successful we are at practicing regularly and making meditation a part of our lifestyle.
All forms of meditation share some common benefits like invoking calmness, stress reduction, improving focus, self-awareness, etc. However, each style of meditation is good at producing a certain kind of effect. Hence, the form we choose should depend on our goal and our personality. You can read more about the benefits of meditation in our Blog
The most common posture for meditation is the sitting posture in which one sits either on the floor, a chair or any comfortable surface. However, sitting down to meditate does not work for everyone. Walking can be transformed into a form of moving meditation that delivers all benefits of meditation while one walks around slowly and deliberately.
How to Practice
1. Find a conducive location
Walking Meditation can be practiced indoors as well as outdoors as long as the space is big enough to walk without any obstacles for 20 to 30 paces. Find a place where you can walk without any interruptions and obstacles. A flat and somewhat secluded place is an ideal space for walking meditation.
2. Set your intention
Before you start walking, set the intention. Walking is a routine part of our life that we engage in without thinking. But when we use walking as a meditation practice it is important to set an intention so that we can keep focussing on it. Our intention will be like a mantra that will keep us grounded and in tune with the present moment.
3. Start taking steps
Take small deliberate steps. Take each step with full awareness. Feel the sensations in every part of your foot and be aware of each foot rise and footfall.
4. Be aware of your environment
Notice the sensations your environment invokes in you. Allow yourself to feel the elements, the weather, the smells, and sounds of your surroundings. Feel the cool breeze, a windy gust, damp air, or whatever the weather offers. Open yourself up to feel and acknowledge the environment. Just like any other style of meditation, walking meditation builds awareness through constant practice.
5. Pay attention to your thoughts
Watch what your mind is experiencing. Watch your thoughts, acknowledge them and then let them go. Rest your attention back on the intention you set at the start of the practice. Refocus on your steps every time your mind wanders.
And Voila!, you are practicing walking meditation. That is all there is to it. Keep taking such mindful steps and you will experience the joy of living in the present moment. Additionally, you will also reap all the benefits of Meditation like gratitude, acceptance, more calmness, less anxiety, more self-awareness and so much more!
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