Mindful walking is meditating while walking slowly and in a relaxed manner. With this practice, you feel deeply at ease, and your steps will be those of the safest person in the world. All your worries and anxieties will disappear; peace and joy will fill your heart. Every person can do it. It only takes a little time, it only requires a certain degree of awareness and the simple desire to be happy. Meditation walking is a meditation in action. You need to focus and be aware of everything that is going through your head and around your body. There are many thoughts, feelings and strong emotions. While concentrating and relaxing, your mind needs to be active and focused on the course, so it activates it in a variety of ways. Meditation walking is a great way to renew energies.
Mindful walking can lead to an unique set of benefits compared with its seated counterpart. The practice brings you closer to nature as well as your body. Here are five reasons to try mindful walking.
1. Who practices walking meditation will have the strength to make long journeys. This was important in the time of the Buddha when monks and nuns had no form of transport other than their feet and legs. You who are meditating today may think of this benefit simply as physical empowerment.
2. Mindful walking brings resistance to the practice of meditation itself. During walking meditation, a double effort is required. In addition to the common mechanical effort required to lift the foot, there is also the mental effort to be aware of the movement. This strengthens the capacity for that strong and consistent mental effort that all yogis know is crucial to the practice of vipassana.
3. A balance between sitting and walking contributes to good health, which in turn accelerates progress in practice. Obviously, it is difficult to meditate when we are sick. Physical inactivity can cause many physical illnesses. But changing posture and walking movements reinvigorate the muscles and stimulate circulation, helping to prevent disease.
4. Mindful walking helps with digestion. Inadequate digestion produces much discomfort and is therefore an obstacle to practice. Walking keeps the innards clean, minimizing laziness and numbness. After a meal and before sitting down, one should do a good walking meditation to avoid drowsiness. Walking as soon as someone gets up in the morning is also a good way to establish mindfulness and avoid shaking your head in the first session of the day.
5. Last but not least, the benefits of walking are to build lasting concentration. As the mind works to focus on each part of the movement during a walking session, concentration becomes continuous. Each step builds the basis for the following session, helping the mind stay with the object from moment to moment – eventually to reveal the true nature of reality on the deepest level. A yogi who never practices walking meditation will find it difficult to get anywhere when he is sitting on a cushion. But if he is diligent in walking, he will automatically bear strong attention and firm concentration during sitting meditation.
Walking meditation, also known as mindful walking, is an active practice that requires you to be consciously aware and moving in the environment rather than sitting down with your eyes closed. It’s a simple and comfortable form of meditation that can be particularly valuable for newcomers or anyone who prefers a more active form of this practice.