Walking meditation is more than a simple stroll in the park. It is often done slower than normal walking, and involves either deep breathing or focusing practices. It feels more like meditation than walking.
Because your body is moving, you are mindful of your body’s sensations and anchored in the present moment. For this reason, many people find walking meditation easier than seated or reclining meditation.
I am personally mindful of undulations of the ground. Each step is a little different from the last or the next.
The ability to focus, developed by walking meditation, can be carried over into daily life.
The sensations of walking can be more compelling than the more subtle sensations of breathing while sitting. Walking can be quite helpful after a meal, upon waking in the morning, or after a long period of sitting meditation.
At times of elevated stress, walking meditation can be more relaxing than sitting. An added benefit, walking meditation can build strength and stamina.
Walking is a healthy physical activity, and one that is used in different spiritual
traditions as a means of training and focusing the mind. And, it’s a favorite pastime for those of us who just like to walk.
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