I love walking because it clears your mind, enriches the soul, takes away stress, and opens up your eyes to a whole new world .
~ Claudette Dudley
Do you have trouble trying to meditate? There is a powerful meditation practice you could try that involves movement. It’s one of my favourites – walking meditation. It’s especially good when you’ve been too long at your desk, or stuck in your head, or disconnected from the world.
Go outdoors. All that matters is that you are outside. It can be an urban environment, a park, a suburban street. When you get outside, pause for a moment. Notice the weather, the colour of the sky, the temperature, and anything else about your surroundings.
Then, stand still and have an awareness of your body. If you like, clasp your hands in front of or behind your body. Lift your right foot, noticing the weight of your leg and how your balance adjusts. Think to yourself ‘right’ as your foot touches the ground. As your left leg lifts up notice the change in balance. Feel the movement as your foot leaves the ground and as it reconnects with the earth. Think ‘left’. As you become more advanced you may wish to choose other words such as ‘peace’ and ‘love’ or ‘wellness’ and ‘abundance’.
Walk slowly and mindfully for ten minutes, being aware of each deliberate step, and of the world around you. Be aware of the ground beneath your feet. Be aware of the changes in your body’s balance and of how you feel. To finish the meditation stop, stand still and take a minute or two in that place, gently breathing and being aware of your body in stillness.
Moving meditation will also help you to be calmer and more attentive in seated meditation. Enjoy!
Love, peace and gratitude, Nicole xx