Mindful Walking is not Fitness Walking. It is a walking Mindfully. What does that mean, exactly?
Obviously, if you are walking you are still getting exercise. But, Mindful Walking will not focus on the exercise but rather experiencing everything about the walk, in the moment. If you think of who, what, where, when, why and how it can be better understood.
Who? Who is walking with you? If I am walking mindfully I would rather be alone. However, that doesn’t mean anyone else has to do it that way.
What? What are you doing while you walk? For me, I listen to relaxing piano music on my phone, when I walk mindfully. I also experience the things I hear, see, smell and feel. How do those things make me feel emotionally, hopefully happy, but maybe scared if for say I come across a snake, or not so friendly dog? Are you noticing your breathing, any pain, feeling your feet hit the ground appropriately?
Where? Where are you walking mindfully? Most of the time I am in nature, but mindful walking can be done anywhere as long as you are experiencing all things in the moment.
When: When are you walking mindfully? I walk mindfully for pleasure and relaxation, so I am going to be where I love to be. However, maybe you would want to walk mindfully when it is raining, or snowing to experience different experiences in the moment.
Why? Why are you walking mindfully? I do it mostly to relax, but could also be for stress relief, anxiety, work out some anger or frustration, etc. The important thing here is that you would be in the moment experiencing whatever is going on. You are not trying to escape life or feelings, but rather experience them and learn to cope in the moment.
How? How are you walking mindfully? Are you flailing your arms, breathing heavy, heart racing, maybe cursing, or just a nice gentle walk. Experiencing all of this in the moment will help you to learn more about yourself, learn possible triggers and how to avoid or cope with them.
Mindful Walking is not reliving the past. It is now and in the moment. It is a great coping mechanism to learn. If you would like to learn more about Mindfulness or Mindful Walking, use the contact form below to message me for a free meet and greet.
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