I am a huge fan of walking meditations. I find them to be extremely easy to do and can be done anytime you are walking! This means you can get the benefits of meditation at times when it may not be practical to be sitting still in silence. Even a quick walk to the shop can be a chance to gain the benefits of meditation. It allows you to use these wasted times for personal development and growth. There is no excuse not to have enough time for mediation. How To Do Walking Meditation will explain what a walking meditation is, when to do them and how.
You can do a walking meditation almost any time you are walking or standing for a period of time.
Walking meditation is a meditation done while you are walking. While walking, you bring your awareness entirely into the present moment. You try and let go of any thoughts and judgements and be in the moment of present awareness. The emphasis is on the word present. The benefits of walking meditation are the same as other forms of meditation; relaxation, stress reduction, mental and emotional balance, self-development etc. Also, I find that a walking meditation helps indirectly experiencing oneness and helps raise vitality.
You can do a walking meditation almost any time you are walking or standing for some time. Examples of this may be:
There are sometimes that are not appropriate to do walking meditation. These will likely be times when you are required to focus on something such as driving, cycling, operating machinery etc.
The key aspect of walking meditation is to ‘view’ what you are doing from a place of present awareness. With this in mind, do the following steps:
Also, you can also use walking meditation to identify any thoughts that may be coming up that could highlight areas that need your focus. Don’t think about the thoughts, acknowledge them and let them go. See where they have come up from and perhaps what may have triggered them. Once the mediation is complete, then revisit these thoughts and question further to better understand and release them.