Learn How to Be More Active with Walking Meditation

Unlike most types of meditation, walking meditation is a dynamic form of meditation in which you are moving and taking action. You are not speed or power walking, however. With the process of walking meditation, you slowly walk around a set path while observing your actions as wholly as you can in order to attain complete awareness of your entire body and every step you take. And, as with almost all forms of meditation, you must also focus on your breathing.

Choosing a set path in which to walk is usually recommended so that you don’t have to break your concentration to figure out where you are or which way you should go. Walking in circular or quadrangular paths is usually best.

The goal of walking meditation is to open your mind and heighten your awareness to be able to take in the whole experience of walking. Be More Active with Walking Meditation

There are several different ways with which you can practice walking meditation.

The most widely practiced type is where you pay attention to all of your movements, frame by frame, the same way a fast-clicking camera would capture them.

Another way is to perform an adaptation of Vipassana meditation. With this method, you direct your focus onto each foot as it makes contact with the ground beneath it. Distractions, such as your thoughts, traffic, or passers-by, can be observed and noticed, but they are to be quickly dismissed so you can direct your attention back onto your walking.

Many people prefer walking meditation as opposed to sitting because they feel like they have more freedom and they often find it easier to create bodily awareness while they are in motion.  You might have previously thought that all meditation had to be performed while keeping still, either sitting or lying down, but this is definitely not the case.

One great tip for performing walking meditation is to maintain your rhythm.

You want to walk in such a way that your steps correspond to your breathing. As you inhale, raise your foot. As you exhale, place it on the ground.

Allow the rate of your natural breathing to dictate the speed with which you walk. If your breath comes more slowly, then you should walk more slowly. You want to try to continue to walk in this manner the entire time so that you establish a nice, even rhythm with your steps and your breathing, which will help you slip into a calm, meditative state.

Alternatively, if you feel self-conscious walking at such a slow rate or if you are in a place that mandates a quicker pace, you can adjust the rhythm so that with each inhalation you draw in, you take two steps instead of one.

Walking meditation is great because it allows you to be more active, which can be very helpful, especially if you find yourself getting fidgety during sitting meditation. Plus, you can do it just about everywhere, even while walking around places like the grocery store or an airport terminal!

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Rachel, the owner of Your Best Meditation.com, is a traveler, marketer, and lover of adventure. She started meditating a few years ago, while living in Brazil, and has REALLY enjoyed the benefits of meditation since then. With regular meditation, Rachel reports feeling more calm, at peace, relaxed… and having a greater sense of “knowing”. That being said, she doesn’t always remember to meditate… … and is working on practicing more often. She finds that guided meditations help a lot, though. It can be really difficult to get still yourself, so having someone point you in the direction you want to take is priceless. When not meditating, Rachel has several other passions. Her interests range from reading, traveling, belly dancing, psychology, yoga, Toastmasters, and everything in between.

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