Mindful Walking

Have you ever walked from one place to another, not realizing how you got there? Sometimes in our daily lives, we do things like walking without paying much attention to what we’re doing. We can practice mindful walking and use our 5 senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, to notice our body and surroundings and bring ourselves into the present moment. To do this walk, plan to spend at least 5 to 10 minutes walking, which you can do inside or outside. As you walk, become aware of how your body feels. With every step focus your attention on each foot as it rises up, then steps onto the ground. Pay attention to every step. Feel your feet fries instead. Rise and step. Notice the feeling of your weight on each foot as it steps onto the ground. If you find yourself becoming distracted or lost in thought, just pause and notice what is distracting you. Then bring your awareness back to the rise and fall of your feet with each step. Allow your mind to be still and just observe. Notice any thoughts that arise in your mind, and just let them go. There’s no need to interact with them. Just observe with openness and curiosity. If you would like, take a moment and notice your surroundings. What do you see? Look at the sky. Is a clear? Are there clouds? Are you near water? If so, is it moving or still, what do you hear? Can you hear the wind or the sound of cars? What do you smell! It might help to just pause and close your eyes and take a moment to see if you can smell anything. What do you taste? Can you taste the air? What do you feel with your hands? Take a moment and feel the solidity of earth beneath your feet. Reach down and touch the ground. Feel how strong and immovable the earth is. Remember that there is no right or wrong way to walk mindfully. Just take this opportunity to be present with openness and curiosity.

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