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A Guide to Walking Meditation

Zen and the Art of Multitasking

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Once you have learned how to meditate while walking, you can practice it anytime you have the opportunity to walk, whether it's a block of time you set aside to exercise or a short jaunt across the parking lot. When you get really good, you can even use it on densely populated walks with lots of potential distractions. Here are some tips that can help improve your experience:
  • Choose the method that best suits your opportunity, and if it isn't feeling right, try another method.
  • If you are practicing outdoors, stay away from high-traffic and heavily-populated walking areas. Opt instead for a park or a walking trail.
  • Give yourself about 20 minutes to practice for the first few times. If you feel it necessary, wear a watch with a timer, so your awareness isn't focusing on the time.
  • Practice safely. If you don't feel secure in your surroundings, you won't be able to focus inward.
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Liza has two bachelor's degrees: one in health promotion and education and a second in nursing. A registered nurse and mother, regular exercise and cooking are top priorities for her. See all of Liza's articles.

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  • I went into a deep meditation while walking automatically once when I was preparing for a MS Walk - a - thon. The actual walk was almost 10 miles...I ended up walking 16 miles or better by the time I was realized and I was backpacking it at the time. Be sure to have your cell just in case. I had a cell phone ,but turned off until it was needed. I want to get to that point again. - 6/22/2014 9:33:33 PM
  • Awesome just what I needed....Now time to get new sneakers!! - 4/23/2014 10:24:18 AM
  • Great stuff here but to be honest here in NY this would never work outdoors because you would either end up getting mugged or run over.
    I do though, get the "focus" part and how this would help your mind to wander away from not so happy things. Hence, a calmer and less stressful state.
    Thanks for sharing! - 10/12/2013 10:13:43 PM
  • Meditation will change your life. - 10/12/2013 1:58:02 PM
  • I guess I'm not very Zen. I love walking and see it as a way of relaxing and recharging through connection with nature. My usual and favorite paths are in the woods, or along the river. I tried the first technique described here a while ago (admittedly only once), and found that 1) I was very bored after 10 minutes, which evoked feelings of frustration, and 2) felt as though I was missing out on the very thing I find so calming and relaxing, that is being in the moment with nature. Watching the swallows' aerial dance above the river, listening to the calls and songs of the birds in the trees above me, the chatter of the squirrels, the sound of the wind moving through the leaves, the subtle changes in the light as it passes through the trees. Sorry, but my feet can't begin to complete with all of that! :-) - 10/12/2013 10:38:52 AM
  • Labyrinths are perfect for walking meditation. Find one near you by visiting World-Wide Labyrinth Locator on the Labyrinth Society website. http://labyrinthl
    ocator.com/ - 9/2/2013 8:54:10 AM
  • SLIM234
    I thank this article makes a good point, walking - 8/31/2013 1:35:49 PM
  • I, too, love to walk. Perhaps practicing the meditation routines by concentrating on the feet, etc., will help to prevent face-plants-in-th
    e-asphalt. - 8/26/2013 1:17:44 PM
  • I'd never seen this information. Thank you! - 8/12/2013 6:08:52 AM
  • I love to walk so on Monday I will try it. - 5/11/2013 4:01:14 PM
  • My son does meditation and has been encouraging me to join him. I shall share this article with him, for his comments, and also check out WildMind.org - 4/2/2013 12:13:40 PM
  • MARCIE1455
    My father who is 77 years old has found a beautiful place with a little pond where he walks everyday. He always prays there. I got an opportunity to walk there with him and it was fabulous and very peaceful. - 2/11/2013 1:35:31 PM
  • JACQUIEANN1
    off to try it now - 2/2/2013 8:48:56 PM
  • I have been looking for instruction on meditation for months, and the Wildmind.org link is wonderful! Finally! Thank you so much, SP!!! - 10/4/2012 11:24:32 AM
  • I have been Pole Walking for a few years now.
    What a wonderful way to get exercise, time alone with your thoughts, & a chance
    to meet people.
    I usually walk 10 miles at a time at least 3 days a week.
    My poles take the stress off the knees, I have a great rhythm as I move along, I love being outside enjoying nature. - 8/4/2012 8:42:34 AM

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