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Walking meditation

Meditation is often associated with stillness, a serene image of someone sitting cross-legged, eyes closed, in deep contemplation. However, the essence of meditation lies not solely in physical immobility but in the quieting of the mind. This opens up possibilities, including incorporating movement into your practice.

Contrary to popular belief, meditation doesn't demand rigidity. It's about cultivating awareness and presence in whatever form that takes. For some, sitting perfectly still works wonders, but for others, movement is the key to unlocking mindfulness.

Begin by standing still and taking a moment to connect with your physical body. Feel the sensation of your feet on the ground and notice how it feels when you shift your weight from one foot to the other. Spend a couple of minutes relaxing your whole body to prepare for the walking meditation.

  • Take a few deep breaths right down into your stomach and feel all the muscles in your torso relax as you exhale.

  • Become aware of the muscles in your legs and visualize them becoming loose and relaxed.

Start by taking a step, placing one foot forward, rolling the bottom of the foot, feeling the ball, heel, and final placement. Do the same with your next step. Notice how the ground feels beneath your foot—one step at a time. Keep moving even though it may feel a little awkward. With each step, you walk more freely, noticing as each part of your foot hits the ground, slowly moving you forward.

Walking meditation, for instance, allows the rhythm of footsteps to guide attention, syncing breath with each step. By embracing movement in meditation, we better understand what being present means. It's not about adhering to a set of rules but about finding what resonates with ourselves. Whether you sit or move, meditation assists your journey inward.

Join us for a FREE Walking Meditation. Register for the virtual link HERE.

"You can practice mindfulness and meditate anywhere, anytime. You can sit, stand, walk, kneel, or lie down. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. Mindfulness opportunities are abundant. Remember: every time you quiet your body, mind, and emotions is a mindful moment." CMD

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