Walking and meditating are two powerful anti-stress remedies. Practicing them together brings enormous physical and psychological benefits. Ten minutes a day are enough and you can practice meditation walking at any time of day and anywhere. No excuses, then! Do you want to try?
The meditative walk, both outdoor in the nature and in the chaos of the city, allows us to free ourselves from everyday stress.
Walking by itself is good for your health. It allows to eliminate cardiovascular diseases and back pain, for example. Why not combining this practice with meditation? Here are 6 tips on how to do it.
- Keep your back straight.
- Synchronise the breath on your steps, by keeping a quiet walking pace.
- Become aware of your body: focus on your feet, on your legs, on the movement, on the contact with the soil. Try to eliminate tensions and concentrate only on the steps.
- Focus on the feelings this practice gives you. Are they pleasant? Does your body relax? Does your mind relax?
- Then move your attention on your emotions. What do you feel? Do not judge the emotions you feel, let them go, observe them as a spectator.
- Finish your practice by standing, contemplating the feeling of fullness and thanking your body and mind for the beautiful meditative walk.
Do not try not to think. Thinking is the activity of the brain, it is impossible to stop it! On the other hand, try to take advantage of the moment of relaxation you are experiencing, to become aware of your body and your emotions without this affecting your mood and without judging.
By regularly practicing the meditative walk, you will feel more and more balanced and at peace with yourself.