Mindful walking is a type of meditation in which you pay attention to your body and your surroundings as you walk. It can be a way to reduce stress, increase focus, and cultivate a sense of calm and presence. I love going to my local park which is by a lake and has a nature trail for my mindful walking. You don’t have to go anywhere special though. You can do mindful walking in your own yard, around the house or your block even.
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one’s attention to the present moment and being aware of one’s thoughts, feelings, and surroundings without judgment. It involves paying attention to your breath, your body, and your surroundings in a non-reactive and non-judgmental way.
To start a mindful walking practice, follow these steps:
- Find a place to walk where you can be relatively undistracted. This could be a park, a quiet neighborhood, or even a treadmill.
- Begin walking at a comfortable pace.
- Pay attention to your body as you walk. Notice the sensation of your feet hitting the ground, the movement of your arms, and the sensation of the air on your skin.
- Pay attention to your breath. Notice the sensation of the air entering and leaving your body.
- Bring your attention to your surroundings. Notice the sights, sounds, and smells around you. Try to be fully present and engaged with the environment.
- If your mind starts to wander, gently bring your attention back to your body and your breath.
- Continue walking and being present for as long as you like. You can set a timer for a specific amount of time if you wish.
Try to practice mindful walking for at least a few minutes each day. As you get more comfortable with the practice, you can try increasing the length of your mindful walks.
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