How would I practice mindful walking?
Here are five different ways you can practice mindfulness while walking this spring:
- Focus on your breath: As you walk, pay attention to your breath. Take slow, deep breaths and focus on the sensation of air moving in and out of your body. This can help you stay present and centred as you walk.
- Pay attention to your body: Notice the way your body moves as you walk. Pay attention to the sensations in your feet, legs, and other parts of your body. This can help you stay grounded and connected to your physical experience.
- Engage your senses: Mindful walking is a great opportunity to engage your senses and notice the world around you. Pay attention to the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of your environment. This can help you stay present and focused on the present moment.
- Practice gratitude: As you walk, take a moment to appreciate the world around you. Think about the things you are grateful for, whether it's the beauty of nature, the kindness of others, or your own inner strength. This can help you cultivate a sense of gratitude and contentment as you walk.
Walking with intention means being fully present and engaged in your surroundings. As you walk, set an intention for your practice. This could be anything from cultivating gratitude to releasing stress. Then, as you walk, focus your attention on your intention.
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It may take some getting used to; walking with intention or paying attention to the sights and smells around you doesn't necessarily come naturally. It's a habit that takes some practice for sure, but once you've mastered it, you won't look back.
That being said, remember that practising mindfulness takes time to master and learning to switch how we think and perceive the world around us doesn't just happen overnight, so don't allow those feelings of guilt that inevitably creep in when you don't get it on the first try!
If you're really struggling, why not stick on a podcast or playlist you haven't listened to before? The Treatbox team have a few recommendations to get you started!