Walking is an extremely healthy practice that brings not only numerous benefits to our body but also to our mind. This is where walking meditation comes in. It’s a practice that allows you to be present, and it combines the benefits of walking with the benefits of meditation.
Walking in nature, for example, is a true natural antidepressant: it promotes the release of endorphin and serotonin which are substances that reduce the production of cortisol, the stress hormone.
A long walk, therefore, besides being a pleasant activity, stabilizes the mood, reduces stress levels and allows us to be more in tune with ourselves and with the surrounding environment.
Walking is also a natural cure: it reduces cholesterol, burns fat and fights diabetes and the onset of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
If we meditate while walking we can learn to know ourselves better. Walking meditation is a form of moving meditation that involves mind, body and attention.
If we meditate while walking we find it easier to live in the here and now and to give the right importance to the present moment. Walking meditation also helps us to ease worries.
In walking meditation breathing, steps and awareness go hand in hand. For many it represents an exercise in Mindfulness, that is, awareness of the present moment.
Walking meditation has many benefits. Above all it helps us to practice awareness, to improve concentration and to be more present and receptive in everyday life.
Walking and meditating can go hand in hand. Meditative walking must be slow and focused. Inhalation and exhalation are associated with our steps.
Walking meditation is useful for:
Let’s find out how to practice walking meditation to live better, to find tranquility and to give the right importance to the present moment in our daily life.
The walking meditation has no particular contraindications and is suitable for everyone. To start practicing it, you must choose a place that is as quiet and peaceful as possible, wear comfortable clothes and closed shoes to protect your feet unless you are used to walking barefoot.
Walking meditation is an exercise in awareness of the present moment. Practice it to find calm, to clear your head, when you want to be quieter and leave your worries for a moment.
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