Going for a walk in itself can be quite meditative, but when we tune into where the mind is focused, it’s easy to see the habitual distractions. Many times when we walk, we are paying attention to thoughts about where we came from, where we’re going, or what’s for dinner tonight. Our minds are typically not focused on walking or what is going on around us while we’re walking.

Walking meditation is a great starting point for becoming more attuned to the present. By walking mindfully, we can direct our awareness to the actions of stepping, or what we are observing right now. Below are our recommendations for walking meditation. If your mobility limits you from walking, that’s okay – however you get around, use this time to observe the sensations, sights, and sounds in and around you. Eventually, you may notice the awareness from this exercise trickle into your everyday walking experience and beyond.

Serious Illness and Caregiver. Meditation Tool. Woman Walking down a brick road wearing a red toned outfit.