Walking Meditation: How to Put Your Body in Motion & Create a Mindful Connection by Glenda Bundy
Have you ever had intentions of taking a quiet walk, only to have it ruined by excessive thoughts? I recently had this experience. After a week of brutal cold weather, the temperature increased. I was ecstatic about getting out of the house only wearing a jacket. My goal was to focus on the sensations of the environment and feel one with nature.
I started with quick strides and soon felt the sensations of my heart beating. I suddenly realized my mind was filled with chatter and my body on autopilot. This walk felt like work, unlike the pleasant experience I’d planned. I'd become out of touch with the world around me.
I slowed my pace and made a choice to become mindful of the present moment. I began to walk with gentleness, noticing the sensations of my feet touching the ground. I consciously relaxed my body and established a natural rhythm to my breathing. I was present.
The air felt warm as the breeze hit my face. I could hear dogs barking in the distance. The chatter in my mind had decreased. I was filled with a sense of peace. Walking meditation is a practical means of steadying the mind, while experiencing the physiological benefits of the body in motion.