Meditative Walking: My First Attempt

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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35 thoughts on “Meditative Walking: My First Attempt”

  1. These are fantastic blogs, so happy I found them! The first time I tried walking meditation, it was just in a room with a small group of people and the teacher. Our guide started us in “mountain pose” for stillness, grounding, and deep breathing. Then we started our practice with the smallest, slowest steps one could imagine. I believe it took us a full hour to get from one side of the room to the other- and the things I learned about my body in that hour was unbelievable! I highly recommend trying a slow walking meditation, outside is lovely. Let me know how it goes, if you try it! Keep writing!

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  2. Great post! Sometimes on walks or bike rides I notice myself getting into a meditative state, and it makes for such a cool experience! Did you do any breathing or other technique to help you start your walk? Thanks for sharing!!☺️

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  3. Back during the days before retirement, I often went for a walk at lunch break. There were sidewalks in front of the offices, but it was out the back of the parking lot that I chose to go. No sidewalks. No cars to speak of. Just trees, bees, a duck pond and the sound of my own feet swishing through the grass in front of whichever house I was passing.

    I could forget the interoffice back-biting and competition, the few arrogant managers who thought they were ‘the big boss’ and I could even forget how one of them had me on the verge of tears for the name calling thrown my way. But there, during my quiet, meditative walk, I was able to let those annoyances go. It was mostly on those walks during break (and even the ones I would take once I got home) that fueled my imagination for the articles I needed to write for the company.

    I have tinnitus and it’s so annoying…but when I’m out walking, the sights and sounds and smells of the green things growing or the jasmine, or plumaria or even the stand of pines, distracts me from even that incessant, high pitched, electrical whine that normally only music or television can interrupt.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this.

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  4. Wow cool! I’m just finding this living mindfully and meditation as something that I am incorporating in my life and meditation is something I’m still learning. Can’t wait to attempt meditative walking. Great post and thanks for the follow. I’m following you now. 🙂

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  5. I really enjoyed this post! I have a very hard time incorporating a meditation practice into my every day life, thank you for the reminder that meditating can happen any time, anywhere. I will keep trying! I am looking forward to following your journey.

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  6. First of all Thanks for following my blog, I too enjoy walking meditation, finds it brings much calm and peace in my life and often too revelation that is very helpful. I Look forward to reading more of your journey with meditation.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your experience and for the book titled Walking Meditation by Than Nhat Hann. I have read many of his books but had missed this one.
    I also practice mindful walking and it helps me just like my main meditation.

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  8. Walking mediation is one of my favorite things in the world. It allows you to experience colors, sounds and smells that you wouldn’t otherwise experience if you were also engaged in another activity while walking. And it’s also very inspirational, great for the blog!l! I actually came up with my blog’s name while doing a walking mediation, so I’m clearly biased. 🙂

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  9. Thanks for stopping by Songs The Sunrise Sings! I loved reading this post of yours! I was on a walk a little while back, and no one was around which was very unusual. I turned it into a meditative walk: I slowed down, and every 20 steps I stopped and said part of the Loving Kindness/Metta meditation! Such a special gift to have been given! I look forward to reading more of your posts!

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  10. Hello, I loved to read about your experience. It was great to see into how much detail you could described it, it means indeed a great state of awareness that I would like to reach someday 🙂
    I’m still quite new to my meditation practice, I’m still trying to figure out what is all about it, so I rely a bit on audio guides in order to keep me focusing, do you have any audio guide for a walking mediation? Or do you think it is about just applying the some principles of focusing on your breath and your body sensations? Thank you so much! Cheers!

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    1. Hi! I actually haven’t used any audio guides for any of my meditation sessions, so I do not know if there are any for walking meditations. I applied the same principles from my normal sitting meditations. I focused more on my senses, so I concentrated on what I could see, hear, feel, etc. If i come across any walking meditation audio guides, I will update you!

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  11. Great description of discovering walking meditation! I love when you decided to take out off the earphones. Such a seemingly small decision with such rewarding results. Life is full of opportunities for such rewarding decisions, but so rarely do we take them. Thanks for sharing this.

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  12. I enjoyed reading about it a lot. I like meditating, too, but never tried walking meditation. Whenever I walk for more than half an hour my feet and hands get swollen, so walking for a long time was never my thing. But I will give it a try after reading your experience. 🙂

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed reading it! My hands get swollen when I walk as well. For this meditative walking session it was only about 15 minutes, so it wasn’t too long. Even a shorter meditative walking session would still be beneficial, I think. It wouldn’t hurt to try! Thanks for the comment!

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