It's easy to walk and only pay attention to how fast you're getting to the next place. Walking meditation is different because you focus on your body, breathing, and what's around you. Think regular meditation, but moving and with your eyes open.
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Walking meditation means you’re not getting somewhere on autopilot. Instead, while you walk, you’ll focus on your breath and the physical feel of the ground beneath you. It’ll connect you to the present instead of spinning thoughts about your to-do list.
Walking can raise your feel-good meter, Wu explains. Taking a stroll releases endorphins and can reduce your risk of depression. Add a meditation to the mix to make the practice even more calming.
“Identify a place where you can walk peacefully without too much distraction,” Wu says. “Start strolling and focus on the present, your physical movement, your surroundings, and go with the flow.” It can be as simple as that to learn to practice walking meditations.