I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
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.
Here’s how you do a walking meditation
Go outdoors if you can. It doesn’t matter whether you are in a city, the suburbs, or in nature. Wherever you are is where you are and that is fine. I have also done this meditation walking the floor of a hospital, and a few times in a shopping mall. What matters most is putting one foot in front of the other.
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 practiced at moving meditation 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, hugs and waves of calm safe energy, Nicole xx