Bring Magic to Your Routine with Walking Meditation

Bring Magic to Your Routine with Walking Meditation

We are entering a great era in which bliss is chic and a centered, grateful heart is the coolest accessory. It’s amazing to watch things like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness become mainstream. All of us are benefiting from the focus on well-being and healthy living that is finally sweeping through the western world.

As this happens, many ancient eastern traditions are becoming more commonplace. This is especially true for meditation. Today, people are talking about it and actually engaging in the practice of meditation now more than ever before in the west. 

But as mainstream as meditation is today, many folks are still getting acquainted with different types of meditation and how it can help. Today, I’d like to enlighten you to the amazing practice of a walking meditation. 

In traditional meditation, you sit still for a certain amount of time and either participate in a guided meditation or quiet your internal dialogue in a zen-based meditation. 

In walking meditation, you are literally walking and moving throughout your meditation.  As you walk, you focus on your breath. You also focus on the physical sensations of walking such as: the sensation of the ground under your feet, the movement of your limbs, and the sights and sounds around you. 

During a walking meditation, try your best to focus all of your attention on the act of walking and all of the sensations that accompany it. Similarly to a sitting meditation, you take note of a thought that is vying for your attention but you gently let it go and re-focus back to the act of walking. 

Given that walking can be an incredibly sensory-rich experience, it is almost easier to practice thought control and quiet your mind in a walking meditation.  If we compare this to a sitting meditation (wherein we have very little sensory experiences to focus on and distract us from our thoughts) a walking meditation is simply a delight for the senses and extremely fertile ground from which cultivating a quiet mind is less strenuous and more accessible for all of us. 

 

But here’s the magical part of walking meditation:  It teaches us in vivo that we can adopt a meditative state of mind anytime, anywhere. 

 

As you practice walking meditation and enter a meditative state, you start to experience the certainty that yes- you can bring peace to any moment. Your spiritual self does not have to lay dormant until you have a quiet opportunity to whip out your meditation mats again. You can bring peace to your mind in the here and now, even as you take your morning walk. 

 

 

Guest Blog by: Diane Webb, LMHC.  Diane is a psychotherapist in upstate New York that specializes in anxiety reduction, post-traumatic stress disorder, overcoming depression, transpersonal therapy and achieving emotional peak performance. For more information and how to work with Diane, visit: The Peace Journal  Connect via Facebook Here: The Peace Journal Facebook

The opportunity that came to be, would have never come…..

The opportunity that came to be, would have never come…..

Do you ever hear the tapes that play within?

“You are TOO old to…”

“You are TOO young to…”

“You are TOO sick to….”

“You are TOO scattered to..”

There are moments in my life (large moments) when I too have these tapes play.  I gave up the opportunity to try to apply to multiple colleges because my tapes played:

“I don’t have enough money to pay the application fees.”

“My parents are too busy paying for other things to help me.”

Now, to be clear, I never heard these ideas from my parents, specifically.  I only heard background conversations they had about money that I placed my own perceptions on.  Perceptions that actually hurt me instead of worked for me.

Do you notice how you might not even try something because of the perception you may have placed on it?  Be aware, sometimes these thoughts are debilitating for you and your potentially awesome life!

How do we break these barriers?

To begin, we must first look at the task at hand.  Are we asking the questions and looking at the concerns we may honestly have, before we finalize our thought?  Have we placed a wall up by what we perceive to be truth, instead of looking at what may actually be true?

Three years ago in November, my husband and I spent our anniversary in a cabin in Ellijay, GA with my love. I woke one morning with a short children’s story book in my head and immediately got up to write it down.  After I finished I read it to my husband, to which he replied, “you may have something there, Britt.”  With this new confidence in mind I began to search for ways to publish it.

I asked friends who were editors, I asked friends who were authors, friends who took writing workshops, all to no avail.  The majority of advice I’d received was that I “need an agent.”  Well, how? How do I get an agent? That answer did not come easily.

It seemed as if publishing a small children’s book was unattainable.

Had I stopped searching for answers and instead listened to the tapes that played:

“I can’t find an agent.”

“I need an agent, I’m not good enough for that.”

“This is a PIPE DREAM.”

“What am I thinking??”

The opportunity that came to be, would have never come.

    It was a rainy afternoon and I made my way to Charleston for a Women’s Conference where I would have the pleasure to teach Laughter Yoga to a group of entrepreneurs, as a way to break the ice.  I had a fabulous time with all of them and received business cards – one in particular from a publisher.

Two weeks later, I contacted her just to ask, “Do you publish children’s books?” A resounding, “Yes!” came through my inbox. To make it even more sweet, she had an illustrator that worked with her as well! I was ecstatic!  After a successful meeting with both of them I was excited to learn that they would work within my budget to get this dream of mine completed.

If I had listened to those tapes. . . oh, those little tapes, I would have never experienced what is now turning out to be something better than I could ever imagine.

Perhaps we, “TURN DOWN! FOR WHAT?”

For our SANITY, that’s what… Turn down these lil’ tapes that may play and live your fantastic dreams, my friend!

Until we meet again, off or on the yoga mat.

 

Brittney Hiller is a professional yoga teacher, speaker, and founder of Effervescence YogaSpa and author of The Little Laughing Yogini.

She loves living a life of inspiration, joy, and happiness! She genuinely teaches others how to create and live in their own happiness through her Yes To Possibility! Coaching Program and Laughter Leadership Certification Training launching Dec. 1st! Find out more here.  She may be reached personally at hello@brittneyhilleryoga.com

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