Walking Meditation enables us to connect with ourselves and our natural environment simultaneously. We place our attention inside and outside, on the gift of our bodies and on the beauty of the earth as we move intentionally from one point to another. This meditation helps us to take joy in simple pleasures and trains us to be present to our own life journeys.
Here are some written directions for walking meditation. Or click here to listen to audio guidance from one of the leading international mindfulness teachers, Tara Brach.
- Choose a place to walk with a clear beginning and ending point.
- Start walking.
- Gaze ahead and notice the geography of the landscape around you.
- Pay attention to what you see, hear, and smell.
- Notice what you feel in your body as you walk.
- If your mind wanders, simply bring your attention back to your body and your surroundings. Be gentle with yourself.
The next time you visit Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center, consider the many ways you can incorporate walking meditation into your retreat.