Walking Meditation

Ferns in the LightWalking, rambling, wandering in nature, creates an absorbing meditative state.  Interconnections are felt as a natural presence and awareness is sharp but relaxed and calm.

Cultivating a mindful state too while walking is restful and peaceful.  A day begun in this way sets the energy for all that will follow.

The Willows, Tree Detail

 

In this calm, meditative state there is also stimulating brain benefits.

 

Your brain after a walk!

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“Wildmind” provides resources for walking meditation.  Learn the “how to do it” and the “whys” of walking meditation’s benefits by checking out the link below:

http://www.wildmind.org/walking/why

Driveway in Fog

“In beauty may I walk.
All day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons may I walk.

Beautifully will I possess again.
Beautifully birds . . .
Beautifully joyful birds

On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk.
With dew about my feet may I walk.

With beauty may I walk.
With beauty before me, may I walk.
With beauty behind me, may I walk.
With beauty above me, may I walk.
With beauty below me, may I walk.
With beauty all around me, may I walk.

In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.

It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.”

A Navajo Indian Prayer of the                                                       Second Day of the Night Chant (anonymous)

May you walk in beauty and calm attention today, breathing sweetness and wonder with every step.

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