You know what meditation is but have you ever heard of walking meditation? Meditating while moving can seem rather difficult, and even counterproductive. However, this practice can bring many benefits and knowledge.
If you are new to meditation, no worries… As long as you can walk, you will be able to put this most exhilarating new technique into practice. Here, we will discuss the benefits of this practice and show you how to do it, step by step.
Finally, you will find tips that will make your life easier.
Walking: a form of meditation?
There is a big difference between traditional meditation and walking meditation. When one practices meditation, the conscious mind becomes focused and becomes one with the unconscious mind.
As you walk, you embrace the space around you and then you can step into a new spiritual dimension. It is therefore a more active approach which consists in moving the body and the thoughts.
So, by meditating in this way, you have the opportunity to focus on the goals that are going on both in the physical space and in your mind. Usually, meditation requires you to sit down and let yourself be guided by your thoughts.
With this approach, it is possible to deepen your questions, to contact angels and spiritual guides, but also to reflect on the nature of your spiritual evolution.
The mindset that arises from walking meditation is different. Many people are in fact unable to distinguish between daydreaming and the state in which we find ourselves after having meditated while walking.
Below, we will mention the steps to follow to implement this process. You will also find some tips to help you stay focused and aware of the world around you.
Walking Meditation – Guide
Before we get into the correct way to walk and meditate at the same time, let's take a look at the benefits of walking meditation guides, also known as floor meditation.
If you've ever followed a meditative guide in the past, you know how it works. They usually consist of sounds that accompany you on your meditative journey.
The benefits of such a practice are numerous. Thanks to this guide, you will know the steps to follow so as not to lose your concentration. Be aware, however, that the main problem is inherent in meditation …
Indeed, it is not always easy to know when your mind will start to wander instead of focusing. With the guide to walking meditation, all you have to do is follow the instructions given to you. For many of us, using a guide is reassuring.
How do you put walking meditation into practice?
For those of you who would like to try your hand at walking meditation, here are the basics you need to know. First of all, know that you can practice wherever you are. The ideal is to do it in nature but if you can only move around town or at home, it is already better than nothing.
As with traditional meditation, take some time before you begin. Breathe deeply: breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth. Concentrate on the purpose of your walking meditation. What do you want to learn, discover or achieve?
When you have relaxed your body and mind, gradually focus on how you are feeling. Feel the anchoring of your feet in the ground through your shoes and socks, if you are wearing them. Feel the warmth of the air around you and why not the gentle breeze blowing on your skin.
Smell the smells, listen to the sounds. If a smell is peculiar or if a sound reproduces, focus on the sensations generated. Breathe deeply again and start walking.
Pay close attention to your body movements, especially your feet. Feel the pressure your feet put on the ground. Feel the anchor establish itself. With which part of the body first? Your heel? Your toes? Both at the same time ?
Concentrate on the sensations that walking gives you. Go slowly, take the time to analyze all the changes that are happening in your body just by walking, moving in space.
Then focus on doing the rest of your body. The movement of your hands, your arms, the beating of your heart. Pay close attention to your breath and make sure you breathe well slowly and evenly. Be careful, however, not to make the exercise awkward because of it.
Gradually, start walking at a normal pace while staying focused. Let the sounds around you get drunk. Let yourself be guided by the temperature of the room or by the wind to which you are exposed. Then, while staying well focused, dive deep into your being.
Take advantage of this intense mental state to think about your goals and your envy. You are free to do this for as long as you want. Some people will indulge in this practice for hours while others will prefer to spend only a few minutes.
Do what feels best to you.