Walking Meditation for Fitness of Mind and Body

Walking meditation is a form of meditation that not a lot of people really know all that much about. Sure, we all know that it can be peaceful to go out for a walk, and that some people seem to be in an almost trance like state as they wander around the streets and parks, but it really can be a good way to just exercise your mind and body at the same time.

In this article we’re going to look at what a walking meditation routine actually is, how we get into a state of meditation while out walking, and finally we’ll see how a routine of meditating while we’re walking can be of benefit to us.

What is walking meditation?

In its simplest form a walking meditation routine is one where a person is able to put themselves into a meditative state while they are out walking. This is quite different to other meditative states that require the person to remain as inactive as possible in order to achieve the state of peace and bliss that they’re looking for.

How can we achieve this state while out walking?

Most people will find this to be a challenge because they won’t be able to find all that many areas, especially in the inner cities, where they will be able to stroll around without the sounds of cars, or constant background sound of a normal residential road. Don’t worry about it. In fact, this urban soundtrack can actually aid in the meditation process.

To meditate you normally have to shut out the rest of the world, if you’re doing a normal meditation, this isn’t too much of a problem, but, if you have the relentless din of other people’s lives going on about you, it will take far more concentration to meditate.

You need to be aware of what’s happening around you (for obvious reasons), but you also need to be able to tune them out. You need to be able to balance the awareness of the world around you, with the world inside of you. If something happens around you and distracts you, acknowledge it, see if it’s something that is a danger to you, and then shift your focus from it if it isn’t.

How will this routine of meditating while walking benefit you?

First of all, you’ll be getting exercise from the walking. Most of us will spend some time walking during the day, so, it makes sense to be able to use this time in two ways: exercising and meditating. We don’t have to try and make time in our busy schedules to sit in a quiet room and meditate because we can, if you like, multitask the two.

You will also be able to focus better on things if you have developed the ability to tune out the rest of the world while you’re out walking. If you can do that with people and cars, and yet still have an awareness of your environment, you shouldn’t have any problems when it comes to focusing on tasks in your day to day life.

So, what have we discovered about walking meditation? It’s something that we can do during the times when we have to walk somewhere and probably wouldn’t have been thinking about anything in particular. It will take a lot of concentration and focus do initially, but ultimately it will help us to get fit by walking, and teach us a way to be aware of our surroundings without having them fully occupy our minds.

Get fit in mind and body; start with your walking meditation.

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