Steps to Taking the Perfect Meditative Walk
Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s more important than ever to motivate yourself and your client to get outside! But before we get too crazy, let’s start things off slowly!
Getting your 30 minutes of exercise a day doesn’t always have to involve working out. In fact, studies have shown that a nice, long walk in the sunshine can actually help heal you; it can allow you to escape and actually meditate while doing it.
Thankfully, if you’re new to meditation or mindfulness, a meditative walk is the perfect way to relax and tune into your sense while getting your heart rate up.
So, before you head outside with your loved one, try to pay attention to the below tips for the best walk of your life.
The first step to a successful, meditative walk is to notice your breathing patterns. Breathe in through the nose, and out through your mouth. Pay attention to what you can smell – the flowers, grass, rain, and more.
Next, focus on what you feel. Feel the steps you take, the earth under your feet, and the sun on your face.
One of the most important senses is the sensation of sound. Listen intently. What do you hear? The rustling of the trees, children playing in the park nearby, dogs barking… try to tune into the sound of your steps on the pavement.
Another tip we’d always suggest is to leave your phone behind. You won’t be able to take in the full experience of your walk if you’re constantly on your phone. No doubt you’ll see plenty of beautiful landscapes, flowers, and more as you go about your walk. Try to lookup more, and observe the shapes of the clouds. If you’re with your client, ask them what they think the clouds resemble.
If you’re new to meditation, it may be difficult to quiet your thoughts during your walk. Instead of worrying about a particular situation or thing, try to just let your mind wander. While you’re at it, start an inner-mantra to boost yourself up. Try repeating, “I am loved”, “I am safe” during the walk.