“Can I walk and still meditate?” Oh, yes, very much! It a state of meditation when you are very much active. The peace, tranquility, serenity, and joy walking meditation renders is fabulous. You will be able to experience the smile that slowly spreads across your lips, leaving you at complete peace. You will be able to slow down your though process, regulate them, and steer the process at your will. Step into world of walking meditation to attain a novel level of self realization and liberation. Read on to know how to practice this meditation right below.
A Simple Guide To Practice Walking Meditation
1. Choose A Time of Your Choice.
You can practice this meditation any time you take a walk. While early morning is preferable, as your mind is afresh and the environment is peaceful, you can even utilize your lunch break for walking meditation. A few minutes just before your bedtime will give you a good night’s sleep. If you are a beginner, then make sure you pick a time when you are completely undisturbed and mind is clutter-free.
2. Choose A Perfect Place.
I like to practice this outdoors, as I stride my way to my yoga classes. So, it is your choice. If you are alone in your home, you can even do it indoors. Or, just make sure that everyone leaves the home and you are at completely alone. If you are walking outdoors, make sure that you are wearing a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
3. Identify Your Posture.
Keep your spine straight, shoulders and neck relaxed. Let your arms sway naturally beside you. Take long, slow, and deep breaths. Exhale, and with each exhalation, clear your tensions and minds. Suck in your navel, allowing it to come closer to your spine. Focus on your legs, hips, and abdomen. Relax the pelvis and get connected.
4. Synchronize Your Breathing With The Posture.
Taking small steps, with right foot moving forward with inhalation and left forward with exhalation. Initially, it will be tough, but you will soon get the hand. Keep the pace slow and relaxed. If you are practicing this one the way to catch your train or bus, step out of your house at least 10 minutes before your usual time so that you won’t rush.
5. Focus On Something of Your Choice
Once your movement and breath is coordinated, you can start visualizing. Think about your resolution – your sankalp – for the year! Or, any particular thing you want to have at the moment in your life. Experience the joy of wanting it! Experience the joy of owning it! Imagine that you have already have the thing you want! Be grateful to the moment! Be thankful that you are now enjoying its goodness! It is just awesome! Once you start visualizing, you will get into the flow, at the same time, will stead fast without fear.
Alternative: Switch on a calming music or mantra of your choice and try to focus on that. Empty your mind; let it wander and come back. Now, try to bring your attention to the music or mantra that you have switched on. A good mantra would be a simple OM. If you know any mantra of your own, you can chant that repeatedly while synchronizing your breath with each chant.
Keep walking, slowing down your pace of thinking as well as walking, letting each breath fill you with the utmost level of peace, joy, and serenity you are in search. Start practicing this for 10 minutes a day and you will notice the difference within few days!
- Just let go off yourself. Do not worry about what people will think of you. The way you walk is sure to fetch you loads of stares, but just ignore them and pay attention to your meditation process. Very soon, you will feel natural.
- Never meditate when you are disturbed or perturbed.
- Let your mind wander completely before allowing it to relax and come back to the focal point.
Choose a meditation CD of your choice if you feel that getting started is a tough task. Once, you get comfortable, then you can start following the mode of focusing as outline above. Start indulging in walking meditation right away to indulge in an exhilarating experience.