Walking meditation is a Buddhist practice that involves taking slow, mindful steps in conjunction with the breath. Traditionally, hands are placed with the right hand in a fist surrounded by the open left hand, and the path walked should be clockwise around your space. However, the meditation can take many forms and be practiced anywhere one is able to walk for a duration.
Although Buddhist meditation is usually associated with sitting in the lotus position, you can also practice walking meditation. By practicing mindfulness as you walk, you can make this kind of meditation part of your everyday life-just be careful crossing the street.
Walking meditation is a great practice for those of us who experience pain or discomfort when doing sitting meditation. At full day retreats, it is common to interchange sitting and walking meditation so that one hour sitting meditation is followed by half an hour walking meditation.
Now including online access to complementary audio and video guided meditations, this book features progressive instruction in basic mindfulness techniques such as conscious breathing and walking mindfully in nature, then proceeds to methods for meditative walking anywhere and any time―even in...