Here are some walking meditation techniques for health and wellness — easy to learn, simple to do,
There is a great deal of mystique and perhaps misconception around meditation. While its benefits are touted regularly, there remains a barrier for many of us who are curious and don’t know where to start, or are intrigued but may have some concerns.
Dr. Kilstein’s 10 Minutes To Bliss is a wonderful way to start meditating, or to revive your practice if you are not meditating as much as you might wish.
We live hurried lives filled with noise and distractions. Many of us tend to go through our day with little real thought around our actions, as if we are on autopilot. When the alarm rings, wake up, shower, eat, get the kids ready, grab some coffee, go to work, eat, come home, help the kids with homework, eat, watch TV, go to bed. Repeat. Through all this, our mind races to what we are doing next or jumps to whatever stimuli (phone, email, thoughts, other people, etc.) present themselves. After a while, there is little sense of time; days, weeks, and sometimes months go by before you can take a break and step out of this cycle and just breathe.
What’s meditation? It’s when all the whirling stops. It’s that moment when you just breathe, when you are fully aware and fully present in the moment. That state of peace and serenity when you are not just your job, your family, your responsibilities, your friends, your home, your community…You are just you.
Meditation has been shown to have the following benefits in those with a regular practice:
- Stress reduction
- Pain management
- Improved sleep
- Increased concentration
- Emotional stability
It is important to note that stress impacts our overall health and immunity. Many conditions, such as ulcers, heart disease, and diabetes, are also impacted by our stress levels; so reducing stress has far-reaching physical, mental, and emotional benefits.
Ready to try meditation? Here are some simple first steps for simple and healthy walking meditations.
Techniques For Health
A walking meditation incorporates a stroll on the beach, a hike through the hills, or a walk in the park with a state of meditation. This is a great way to begin training the mind and building focus.
- Plan a 15 to 30-minute walk in nature.
- As you begin your walk, set an intention that you will concentrate on the moment and allow yourself this time to be present.
- While walking, take in the sights, sounds, and smells as they are. Just breathe, walk, and observe without thinking about your day, or what you will do next.
- Each time your mind kicks in to judge (Oh that surfer just wasted a perfect wave!), analyze (Hmmm… I wonder what kind of plant that is. I would love this in my garden.), or tune out (I need to make sure I buy some dog food on the way home):
1. Notice it – Oh there it goes again!
2. On your next exhale, allow yourself to let it go.
- Thank yourself for taking the time to be at peace!
Remember to not be upset at yourself for having “thought interruptions”.
This is a practice, so think of it as training.
You’ll get more and more focused as you practice more. Each time you let go of a thought interruption, know that it will be there when you are done with your practice. Let it go and calmly resume your meditation. Original here
There are more advanced walking meditation techniques for health, but the simple suggestions give here will make real difference in your health and happiness.
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