Walking, Meditating & Practices

Can’t remember who I first heard of this from, but I’m going to share it here in case there’s another “crappy meditation candidate” out here.

Today’s card is a reminder that what is balanced and restful for me may not be for you. I like peace and quiet. I am not one to leave the radio or TV on just for noise. I rarely listen to music in the car. I prefer audiobooks.

For years, I thought I was a crappy meditation candidate because lying still and focusing on nothing made me twitchy. I fall asleep if left to lie quietly for too long (these days too long can be about five minutes–hee.)

Then I discovered walking meditation. Can’t remember who I first heard of this from, but I’m going to share it here in case there’s another “crappy meditation candidate” out here.

Take a walk. Have a thought you want to hold on to like “seek joy, y’all” or “inner peace”. Then let that thought go as you focus on the business of moving. Feel the sun on your body or the cool wind against your face. Just let your body fall into a rhythm of feet moving with arms swinging.

Observe. See what you see. Don’t worry about the meeting later or the bills on the desk. Just walk and observe. Be in that specific moment aware of your own body.

When you get home, if you are like me, you may feel more alert and refreshed.

If you are not like me, may I suggest a nice bed and some soft music? 😀

How do you meditate? Do you think it’s an important spiritual practice?

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6 thoughts on “Walking, Meditating & Practices”

  1. If I’m not listening to an audiobook while riding my bicycle, is when I do my best meditating. I’ve stopped to watch hawks flying and added to one of my poems for my writing class one day.

  2. “Twitchy” is exactly the right word! I’ve been frustrated trying to start a meditation practice. There’s a stillness I feel when hiking, but it didn’t occur to me might be my meditation practice. Tomorrow, before I try to *sit* in meditation, I’ll take a long walk. Thank you, Arwn.

  3. I have a labyrinth outside near my home so when I am restless and want to be focused I go and walk the labyrinth. When I am in the center of it I stand and close my eyes and feel the sun on my face, I notice the birds singing, or the breeze blowing on my face.
    I do feel that meditating is an important spiritual practice. With stillness comes answers, wisdom.

  4. I love walking outdoors though I can’t do it as much as I used to or would like to…but I find I am very attuned to nature and feel relaxed when I reach my destination. If my mood is low when I start out it doesn’t take long before it’s lifted..so yeah, walking meditation works for me!

  5. I’ve been told several times that I really should sit and meditate. And after years of practice, I now enjoy it. Not as much as I enjoy moving meditations like yoga or walking, but it’s good to mix it up, too 🙂

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