A lot of people refuse to try meditation because they don’t want to sit in silence for extended periods of time. Walking meditation let’s you enjoy all of the mental benefits while adding some physical benefits as well.
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It’s good to take care of your mind and body, so why not work on maintaining both at the same time? At Quora, Patrick Mathieson, a venture investor at Toba Capital, recommends you make your meditation time an active ritual:
Spend some time walking around your town fully engaged in your surroundings. That means no earbuds, no mind wandering off thinking about whatever. Just meander around and engage with your environment. Say hello to random people on the street. Just be present. I like to think of this as “walking meditation…”
You’re doing more than going for a stroll, because you’re still incorporating the main aspects of meditation. While you walk, clear your head, feel each breath as it goes in and out and take notice of each step as you walk. As Mathieson suggests, if something in the environment demands your attention, go with it. If you want to make your walking meditation even more peaceful, leave your phone and other gadgets behind.