Walking Meditation

I like to try to incorporate 15 minutes of silence into each day. This is another one of those not so easy things with a newborn. So I’ve started a different form of silence – walking meditation.It’s a form of meditation that involves walking instead of sitting. You are still practicing mindfulness mainly by concentrating on your breathing and noticing your thoughts. I try to just observe – how my body is feeling, what it is like to be outside, what my breath is doing, the environment around me. If I start to obsess about something I’m supposed to do or something I should have done, I just try to bring my thoughts back to the present moment.

The benefits?

  • I don’t have to carve out a time to sit silently for 15 minutes.
  • It’s much easier to carry the baby in my sling and go outside for a 15 minute walk.
  • It’s not only a form of meditation, it’s a form of movement so I manage to get some exercise as well.
  • It satisfies my wish to be outside (I sit in front of a computer much of the time.)

I notice I’m much more aware of how my body is feeling when I practice the walking rather than sitting form of meditation. It’s a great way to stay connected to myself. Which is what this weight loss philosophy is all about.

Here’s how to do tt.

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