Walking Meditation For A Balanced Life

Walking Meditation

Walking MeditationMeditation has been linked to peace and quiet, seclusion, and equanimity. When you consider meditation, you probably think of a scene where a person finds a quiet area, they close their eyes and sit in silence, and let their body rest while their mind works. So, here’s the question “Does meditation have to be this way all of the time?”

It can be said that meditation is an art form. It’s a routine … a competence … a know-how. It’s the process of connecting with yourself, of locating your entire being and all the faces of your actuality. It’s also a craft that must be learned.

What do you need to be successful

It needs the right head space and self-discipline to be successful. It’s crazy to think that you can start meditating today and get it right straight off. You have to learn the art of tuning into your consciousness. Meditation ordinarily requires that you follow a set of rules and guidelines. And usually to be successful you must stick to these rules.

An amazing alternative to your traditional meditation though is the walking meditation. It is much different to other types of meditation that you may be familiar with. For instance, you don’t have to be still to do it. Actually, you need to be active – YES – you have to walk!

Engage Your Body / Mind

You must meaningfully participate in this activity. It engages both with your mind and body to create a holistic experience. There is another benefit from doing this, too. As you need to walk every day anyway, you can actually improve your well-being by consciously walking!

Here’s another benefit … you don’t have to find a secluded, quiet spot before you can meditate. You can do your walking meditation anywhere. In fact, it is encouraged to do this in a crowded and noisy place. And this is where the difficulty arises, you must be able to focus and concentrate despite these distractions. You need to let the impact of the outside world slide into oblivion. To do this, the practice is to release attachment to whatever arises in your vision, the things you hear or connection to what you perceive to be there. It’s fine to be aware of them, but don’t try to do anything with it. Don’t try to hold onto anything.

It may sound simple to do this!

But it’s not … make this your practice, your discipline to observe it and let it go.

The key principle of the walking meditation is to achieve balanced awareness and stability between your inner world and the world around you. This meditation invites you to experience your whole body simultaneously. Become aware of all your moving body parts and how they operate within your being. While you do this, you must observe what emotions arise as well. This is all done as you walk.

It’s not necessary for the outside world to be lost from your focus. Your attention will always be attracted to stuff as you meditate … don’t resist it. However, by the same token don’t try to hold onto it. Simply observe it and let it go in the natural flow of your experience.

How to have true awareness

When you can do this you will understand the true sense of being aware.

The best results you’ll get from a walking meditation are to be fully conscious of your outside world yet be totally aware of your inner world. When you can achieve this state, you’ll have much more clarity on many of life’s mysteries. When you can bridge the gap between your inner world and that which is outside of yourself, you can claim control of how you live your life and appreciate the benefits of a healthier and more satisfying lifestyle.

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