Walking meditation: what it is and why you should include it in your daily routine

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Discover the benefits of walking meditation. Here's how to practice meditation while walking to have greater awareness of the present.

Discover the benefits of walking meditation. Here's how to practice meditation while walking to have greater awareness of the present.





La meditation it is a practice that is good for both mind and body. Yes, because taking time to relax and clear your head is important for a balanced life and greater serenity. (Meditate: 10 scientifically proven reasons to do it at least 10 minutes a day)

Practicing meditation means engaging in contemplation or reflection, but also practicing mental exercises (such as focusing on breathing or repeating a mantra) in order to achieve a high level of spiritual awareness.

Obviously, there are various ways to practice; in fact, if you prefer to move you can do the so-called walking meditation.

While some practices require sitting or lying down, walking meditation is an opportunity to move by focusing on your body and how it feels. Furthermore, it can be done anywhere while being immersed in nature; in fact, walking meditation is a way to center yourself while exercising. (Read also: Mindfulness: 10 Ways to Practice Present Moment Mindfulness in Daily Life)

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Prepare for walking meditation

Before starting your walking meditation journey, consider what you would like to gain from the experience. 

Here are some useful tips:

  • Be aware of where you want to walk
  • You need to know how long you will walk 
  • Make sure you are dressed comfortably to reduce any distractions
  • Make a plan to prepare for meditation on the walk
  • Decide where you want to go. 

The extra tip is to find a place where you feel most comfortable, a quiet place where you can walk comfortably even simply back and forth for 10-20 steps. It can be indoors or outdoors, but it should be an environment where distractions are minimal. (Read also: Meditation: the best natural remedy for anxiety and depression)



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How to do walking meditation

Once you've chosen your location and set your intentions, it's time to start moving. Remember that there are no rules for meditation, and you can be extremely creative.

Before starting to walk, standing upright and with your feet hip-width apart, let your arms and hands rest comfortably at your sides; close your eyes and take a moment to feel grounded and centered

Feel the sensation of your feet coming into contact with the ground; then when you are ready, slowly open your eyes and start walking.

He begins to walk slowly along the selected path and relax, let your walk feel natural. It is important to gain awareness at every step, and to move at a pace that keeps us more present and aware. When you reach the end of the path, stop for a moment and center, turn slowly, stop again and when you are ready, proceed with awareness along the path in reverse.

Continue this practice for 10 minutes or more. You can customize these steps as you see fit, as long as you focus on one point: inner peace. (Read also: Meditation: 6 good reasons to start right away)

The benefits of walking meditation

In addition to its obvious physical advantages (we all know that walking is a great form of exercise) la walking meditation it can have many health benefits. 

The goal of this type of practice is to develop and nurture a body awareness while moving. Also, this type of meditation connects the mind and body to the present moment; the benefits of this practice, in fact, include one calm mind and clear, greater concentration and being fully present in every moment. 



This way you also learn a letting go of negative interactions, gain insights and gain clarity on the next steps in life.

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