Walking Meditation

Posted on 06/05/2014 12:23:00 PM

It is that glorious time of year in June where there weather is just perfect. The sun is shining and it's not too hot. 


Often, therapists ask our clients to get outside and get some fresh air and exercise. In January that can be a daunting task, but right now is great time to get outside. 


If you're not ready for vigorous exercise, consider doing a walking meditation. Walking meditation is an opportunity to be mindful, present and moving at the same time, rather than sitting down. Outside, we can notice different smells, the breeze, the feel of the sun on our skin, the feel of the movement of our joints, etc. When the mind wanders to worries, gently bring attention back to breathing, and the physical sensations of moving. You might vary the speed of walking, and notice what feels the same or different in your body. The goal is to simply put your focus on what is happening physically, and redirecting thoughts when they wander back to the present experience. 


Here is a link about walking meditation research, and here is a link to learn more about how to do walking meditation. Finally, here is an app to help you do a walking meditation.