Walking Meditation Is Meditation In Action By Sarah Thomas

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    Walking Meditation Is Meditation In Action
    By Sarah Thomas


    It isn’t always necessary to sit in silence with crossed legs
    in order to meditate or benefit from the meditation. Walking
    meditation is an excellent example of this. Walking meditation
    requires the use of focus much in the same way as other types of
    meditation. The difference is that the focus is placed upon the
    walking experience.

    With walking meditation therefore, we are mindful of the
    experience of walking; the movement of our legs, the movement of
    our arms. We focus upon the rhythmic motions of walking. Walking
    meditation also differs from traditional meditation in that we
    are aware of and participating in our surroundings. Whereas with
    the usual types of meditation, one withdraws into silence and
    closes the eyes. Obviously we can’t do that with walking
    meditation because we need the eyes open to see where we are
    going and to watch for dangers and obstacles. So while we are
    focusing on the rhythm of our walking movement, we are also
    aware of the sights, sounds, and sensations around us.

    It is actually easier for many people to focus and meditate in
    this environment, and therefore are more successful with walking
    meditation than with the more traditional sitting forms of
    meditation. It is easier to be aware of and focus upon your body
    while it is in motion; the experience can be powerful and a
    source of deep enjoyment.

    A few different types of walking meditation have evolved;
    however walking outdoors is the most common. To give walking
    meditation a try, find an open space like a park or empty
    parking lot where you can walk safely for about 20 minutes
    without the worry of encountering traffic or crossing busy
    streets.

    How to do walking meditation

    Once you have selected the ideal location for your walking
    meditation, follow the guidelines below:

    Begin by Standing

    Begin to focus upon your body with the simple act of standing.
    Notice how your body feels and be aware of the constant little
    adjustments your body makes in order to maintain balance. Feel
    the weight of your body pressing through your feet and onto the
    earth.

    Walk and Focus

    Once you have placed your full awareness onto your body, begin
    the walk. Walk with your usual stride and pace, not too
    hurriedly. There is no need to try and change the way you walk,
    all you need to do is be aware of your body walking. Keep your
    focus upon your body and feel it moving. Be aware of your feet
    as one raises and then the other. Become aware of all the tiny
    little sensations in your body from the feeling of your feet
    inside of the shoes, to your knee as it bends to lift your leg.
    Stay relaxed, relax your eyes and just let the scenery flow past
    you. Your goal is to be relaxed and bring your focus onto your
    body.

    Become Aware of Feelings

    Once you are fully aware of your body, switch your focus onto
    the feelings or sensations that pass through your body; not
    necessarily emotional problems, but rather the overall tone of
    your feeling of the moment. Are you happy? Bored? In a hurry?
    Pass no judgment on the feeling and don’t analyze it. Your goal
    is to just become aware of it and then move your awareness on.

    Balance the Inner and Outer

    Alternate your awareness between the inner, your feelings, and
    the outer, your body. Play with the awareness, and focus upon
    them in equal balance. When you are able to do this, your mind
    reaches a state of stillness and clarity. Your mind becomes
    calm. Your goal is to balance your awareness of the inner with
    the outer.

    End by Standing

    After you have completed the above steps and brought your
    awareness into a balance of the inner and outer, bring your body
    to a natural stop and once again experience yourself standing.
    Bring your awareness to the feelings in your body as you stand
    in place. When you are ready, bring the walking meditation to a
    close.

    Selecting the appropriate location for your walking meditation
    will be an important consideration as you can imagine. It is not
    necessary to find a place of solitude, but you do need to find a
    location where you will be safe if your full awareness is not
    upon the environment around you.

    About the Author: Sarah Thomas is an established freelance
    writer. You can find more of her writings at
    http://www.meditationteam.com and http://www.anxietysos.com.

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