WALKING WITH AWARENESS - MINDFUL WALKING
Many of us take the benefits of walking for granted.
Each day we limit the steps we take by driving or sitting for long periods of time, but we must realize that walking even a few blocks a day has unlimited benefits, not only for our health but our spirit.
Even when walking on concrete, the earth is still beneath us, supporting us as we connect with the earth with every step we take.
Walking lets our body remember simpler times when life was less complicated. This helps us slow down to the speed of our body and take the time to integrate the natural flow of life into our cellular tissue. Instead of running from place to place or thinking about how much more we can fit into our day, walking allows us to exist in the moment.
Each step we take can lead us to a more mindful state where we become more aware of our feelings and emotions. Walking also slows us down enough not only to pay attention to where we are in our body but also to our breath. Taking time to simply notice our breath while we walk, acknowledging the length of our inhales and exhales and becoming attuned to the way in which we breathe is taking a step towards mindfulness. When we become more mindful, we gradually increase our awareness of the environment around us and we start to recognize that the normal flow of our thoughts and feelings are not always related to where we are in the present moment.
Gradually we realize that the connection we have with the earth and the ground beneath our feet is all that is. By walking and practising breathing mindfully we gain a sense of calm and tranquility....the problems and troubles of the day slowly fade away and we are now experiencing how to live in the present.
The simplicity and ease of walking allows us to create time, space and awareness of our surroundings and of the wonders that lie within. Taking a few moments to walk each day and becoming more aware of our breath will in turn open the door for the beauty of the world around us to filter in.