Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Living in a mindful state.

It’s more often than not that we get caught up in our crazy busy lives that we forget to stop for a second and appreciate the precious gift that is the present. Here I’m going to share with you an activity that is really easily done but can be extremely grounding and rejuvenating.

Walking mindfully

This activity can be done anytime, anywhere.

Set your intention to walk mindfully. Acknowledge that during your walk you will try to be aware of your internal state (thoughts, feelings, sensations) and your environment and take a few deep breaths.

As you begin to walk, notice the process of moving your legs, step by step… notice the sensation of your feet hitting the ground. Note the quality of each step, how light or heavy are your steps? Feel the surface of the ground beneath your feet.

Look up and create an awareness of your surrounding. What do you see? What do you smell, hear, feel and maybe even taste? What is the air temperature like? Is there wind or a slight breeze? What do you notice around you?

Remain aware of the sensation of your physical self whilst also being aware of your internal experiences such as your emotions and feelings. What do you feel right now? Are there any intense emotions streaming through your body? Are these internal experiences distracting you from being aware of your physical environment? If so, take a deep breath, quiet your mind and refocus on what is going on around you. Do not judge any of your thoughts or feelings, simply let them be, acknowledge them and send them on their way. 

As you complete your walk, admire yourself for your intention to practice mindful walking… no matter how many times your mind was pulled away from the experience, the act of setting the intention to do the walk is an achievement in itself.

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