Sometimes the simplest things are the best, you know?
What could be more simple than walking, for those who are able-bodied enough to do so?
You don’t even need to think about how to do it. You just think about where you need to go and magically your body takes you there!
Which is why walking meditation works so well. The act of walking is so automatic for those of us blessed with working legs that our minds can be freed up for other pursuits while we are walking.
The steady rhythm of walking puts me in a mental state that allows for deep thought (0r the distinct lack thereof, if I am trying to meditate). I often solve problems or come up with fresh plans while I am out walking.
My spirit is renewed by the sights, smells and sounds of nature. My body is energized by the deeper breathing involved in fast walking, and the upright posture that allows my lungs to inflate fully. My mind is rested by the beautiful scenery and the deliberate shutting down of inner chatter (when actively trying to meditate).
Walking can be done just about anywhere and needs no special equipment.
Walking is too often taken for granted by those of us who do it without thinking. Guilty, as charged.
Rejoice if you can walk!
Rock on and walk (mindfully) on,