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  • Walking Meditation

    Walking Meditation
    Some people really struggle to sit still, but that doesn't mean you can't meditate. Try a walking meditation!
    Meditation doesn't have to look a specific way. You don't have to sit cross legged on a meditation pillow, with your eyes closed and hands in Gyan Mudra. You can meditate when you are walking, dancing or doing a shaking meditation (more about this real soon). But it's not as simple as it might sound. You can't just go out and walk, with a podcast or music in your earbuds. Or just stroll around making to-do-lists in your head. It actually takes a bit of concentration and discipline. But don't let that scare you, it's not that hard and there are no rules and you can't fail. Promise! 
    When I do a walking meditation I leave all electronics at home (yup, take that fitbit or apple watch off) and I try to find a peaceful walkway without to may distractions (like a lot of people or traffic). Preferable in a forest or nature. On a beach or on a mountaintop if those are options for you. A walking meditation can also be done in your back yard, in a park or even indoors! A walking meditation is done in a very slow pace (still feeling natural too you) so you don't want to feel that you are in peoples way. The walk doesn’t have to be very long since the goal is not to reach a specific destination or count steps, just to practice a very intentional form of walking. It can be as little as 10 steps forward, turn around, and 10 steps back.
    When I start to walk I try to bring my mind down into my feet, meaning I really focus on my feet and each time a foot hits the ground. Try to connect physically with your feet and your legs. If you can be barefoot that's even better. Focus your attention on one sensations, like your breath, sounds around you or the ones caused by you walking, or what you see in front of you. If and when your mind wanders, simply bring it back to the sensation of your feet hitting the ground and to your breath.
    I sometimes link a mantra to each step. So every time I take a step I silently in my mind repeat a mantra. You can also use your breath as your mantra. Simply link your breath to your steps.
    Let me know how your Walking Meditation works for you!