This exercise is done with no headphones, walking at a normal pace.
Focus on your visual field, the air on your skin, and the sounds you hear.
As thoughts come into your head, acknowledge them, and bring your awareness back to your visual field.
The purpose of this practice is to train your awareness.
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How You Can Benefit From a Walking Meditation
One of the easiest ways to feel good is simply to put one foot in front of the other.
This isn’t some profound analogy on how we must keep going through life; we’re just talking about walking (Wink).
Our challenge today is an easy-to-follow walking meditation. But first, we wanted to share with you some of the proven benefits of this exercise.
- Boost Your Blood Flow
Walking meditations are perfect for people who sit for large portions of the day. Moving your legs, even for a few minutes, significantly increases the blood flow through your body. This lowers your risk of heart disease and makes you feel uplifted and focused.
- Reduce Anxiety
One of the physical effects of meditation is a smaller amygdala, the part of your brain responsible for fear and anxiety.
This 2017 study shows that when you combine walking and meditation, the anti-anxiety effects are more powerful.
- Improve Your Mood
- Inspire Creativity
Walking has long been touted by creatives to be a key part of their thinking process. In fact, Stanford University says that walking boosts creativity by an average of 60%.
Combine that with research linking meditation to a boost in creativity and you’ve got a recipe for success.