Walking meditation brings new meaning to the phrase “Just walk it off.” Whether or not you have any experience with meditation, this is a useful practice that just about anyone can try in order to bring peace and quiet to an otherwise busy day.
[fullwidth backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_tabs design=”clean” layout=”horizontal” justified=”yes” backgroundcolor=”#d3cf37″ inactivecolor=”#d1d1d1″ bordercolor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_tab title=”What is it?” icon=””]Walking meditation involves a bit more than simply taking a walk around the neighborhood. You walk at a very slow pace while controlling your breathing and focusing your thoughts. Unlike seated meditation, you are able to interact with your environment and take in the sights and smells of the world around you. It’s best to find a secluded place for walking meditation such as a quiet nature trail, but your backyard will work just as well.[/fusion_tab][fusion_tab title=”What are the benefits?” icon=””]As you learn to slow down and focus your thoughts during walking meditation, you eventually can find ways to incorporate this technique into your daily life to help reduce stress. Plus, for those who spend a majority of the day sitting, this is the perfect excuse to add some movement into your day.[/fusion_tab][fusion_tab title=”How is it practiced?” icon=””]The average recommended length of time to practice walking meditation is around 15 minutes. Remember to keep your pace much slower than your normal walking speed. You can choose to walk in comfortable shoes or barefoot. As you walk, pay attention to your muscle movement and the way your feet feel touching the ground. Maintain slow, steady strides and deep breaths while doing your best to block out any distractions.
When you first start out, walking meditation may feel somewhat awkward, but stick with it in order to feel the stress-relieving benefits.[/fusion_tab][/fusion_tabs][/fullwidth]