One thing that I especially appreciate about Portland summers: the long summer evenings. There are just so many extra hours to our “days” during the summer. Which means that, after dinner, I can step out into the garden, or over to the sidewalk, and practice walking meditation.
If you’ve never tried walking meditation, it’s really quite simple. Walking mindfully is just like sitting mindfully: you open your mind to what is going on, note the coming and going of thoughts, and (here’s the new part), open your attention to the sensations of walking. One step after another – muscles tense and relax, each foot absorbs pressure and weight and then releases, perhaps a slight swaying from side to side.
Here are some posts and articles with extra hints:
- From Here to There – Suggestions for Walking Meditation (A Quiet Place, 2 Aug 2016)
- How to Practice Walking Meditation (Lion’s Roar, 17 July 2017)
- Walking meditation: instructions, more instructions (A Quiet Place, Resources)