Well in Mind’s Self-Care Tip of the Week
Mind Your Steps- A Walking Meditation
“The art of walking meditation is to learn to be aware as you walk, to use the natural movement of walking to cultivate mindfulness and wakeful presence”- which lowers stress and induces relaxation!
- Find 10-15 feet of space. This can be inside, outside, or anywhere you feel comfortable.
- Stand still for a moment, close the eyes if comfortable. Feel the body’s posture, the feet on the ground, and any other sensation you experience.
- Open the eyes. Choose which leg will be stepping first. As you lift the foot, feel the bottom of the foot lose contact with the ground. Moving it forward, observe the sensation of the foot coming back into contact with the ground.
- Lift the other foot and attend to the experience with the same awareness. Remember that this is both a mindfulness practice AND a practice in cultivating concentration. When the mind wanders, come back to feeling in the feet.
- Walk 10-15 feet, and mindfully turn around. As you turn, notice how the hips, legs, and torso adjust to turn the body. Walk slowly, taking a step every 3-4 seconds.
- Try incorporating a simple verbal practice, similar to a mantra. As you lift the foot, think or say “Lift.” As you move the foot forward, think, “Move.” As you place the food down, think, “Place.”
- When you are done with the practice, stand still for a few moments. Set an intention to retain some of this mindfulness of the body as you return to your day.
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