The melody of spring softly soars above as I begin my walking meditation. The steady drum beat of the woodpecker mingles with the chipper notes from the morning doves and wrens. A glorious prelude to the birth of spring in the city. Along the lakeshore cardinals dance through the trees, their red feathers beating like hearts as they flit in and out of view. Squirrels erratically run from tree to tree trying to remember when they've hidden acorns and a solitary chipmunk peaks it’s head up from underground.
I walk steadily along the pavement as I focus on my breathing. I inhale the scent of petrichor and pine and exhale my internal tension and anxieties. Approaching the edge of the lake I reach a deep state of relaxation and feel more at peace with myself and my place within the world. As I walk along the edge of the lake I let the sound of the waves soothe my senses. The lake glimmers in the morning light and radiates a golden glow. I spend several moments gazing out at the horizon feeling gratitude for this beautiful moment. After a whisper of thanks to the spirits I begin my journey home with a renewed positive outlook and an extra spring in my step.
Tips for Walking Meditation
Location: Decide where you plan to walk before you begin. You should be focusing on your breathing while walking, not which direction to turn. Finding a relatively secluded spot is best so you will be less distracted by others.
Timing: Plan for at least 15 minutes for your walking meditation. I personally find walking meditation easier to do for extend periods of time as opposed to seated meditation.
Walking: Spend the first few minutes finding a steady rhythm for your walk. Be sure to stand up straight with your shoulders and neck relaxed. You should walk slower than your normal pace and focus on staying present within the moment. Notice the sensations of your body as you move. Feel the confidence and strength in your bones and muscles as they propel you forward.
Breathing: Inhale deeply through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Try to line up your breathing with the the rhythm of your walk. Focus on breathing in the clean air from the atmosphere and breathing out any tension. Should your mind begin to wonder, simply return your attention back to your breath.
If you have any additional tips for walking meditation, please comment below. Blessed be!