After I meditate, I get in a positive mindset. I am working on bringing that positive mindset to my daily life even when I am not sitting in a meditation session.
Lately, I have been doing a lot of reading on meditative walking, something I believe I can incorporate into my life. On weekdays, sometimes I am unable to wake up early enough to meditate in the morning before work, so having a meditative walking session during the day would be a good alternate. I usually take a walk during my breaks anyway, but I always have my headphones in and listen to music. Today, I decided to take out the headphones and do my first meditative walking session.
It is a sunny Thursday morning, not a cloud in the sky. I put on my sunglasses and begin my regular walking routine. Instead of blaring music in my ears, I hear cars bustling. As I walk further and further away from the main road, the engines of the cars slowly drift away from my hearing range. I focus on my walking movements. With each step, I feel my feet rising and landing on the ground. As my left foot lands, my right foot begins its motion up; I can feel each of my calf muscles working.
I look up at the trees. I never noticed how green the leaves were and how many there were. I turn my attention forward; a few cars are passing by here and there, but not as much as there were on the main road. I re-focus on the movements of my legs. I correct my posture. I notice I am leaning forward while I walk, so I straighten my back and broaden my shoulders. The sun is warming my face and skin. It is not too hot yet, still in mid-morning. There is a cool, refreshing breeze. It feels nice against my face. It is getting slightly warmer as I continue my walk. The trees are so big and provide so much shade; I never noticed how large they were before. The shade is cooling me down and feels extraordinary.
I never noticed any of this before; normally I am thinking of what else I have to do that day, my next project at work I have to take care of, what errands I have to do before I get home, all the while music from my headphones are in the background of my thoughts.
Now I hear birds chirping—three different voices, sounding like they are having a vibrant conversation with each other. I cross another tree, which, again, is providing a nice amount of shade. I am close to the end of my walk and back near my office. As I approach the front door, my mind wanders a bit and I start to think of what I have to do this upcoming weekend.
Doing a meditative walk put me in a good mood. I became more aware of my surroundings and I seemed to be more relaxed at work afterwards. Instead of just thinking of the next thing I have to do, I was able to take a step back and appreciate the life I was living. It was a reminder that life is not a checklist, but a journey.
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