When people think of meditation, they usually envision someone (like a Buddhist monk) seated cross-legged, eyes closed with their hands in some kind of yogic mudra on their thighs. However, there are many ways to meditate, many involving movement! One more common meditative practice, although not all would immediately identify it as meditation, is the physical practice of yoga. But did you know that the simple act of walking can become a meditative practice? Anything can become a meditation with the right frame of mind and focus.
For some people, movement helps with focus. If you’re the type of person who likes to pace when they’re thinking or enjoys fidgeting while writing or working, then walking meditation may be a great practice for you! There are great advantages to both walking and meditation - from improving mental health to managing chronic conditions - so why not combine the two to maximize health and wellbeing?
While you’ll reap the most benefits of performing walking meditation outside, you can easily do this practice in the comfort of your own home! The key is finding a quiet place to walk and to focus on the sensations in your body as you walk to enter a relaxing and meditative state. Set aside anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour for this practice.