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Walking Meditation

By now you have hopefully tried your walking meditation.  The goal is to assist you in becoming aware of, and part of your surroundings, not simply be a form passing through, lost in your own thoughts.  Even without a guided walking meditation, you can stay mindful when you are hiking, walking or biking by doing the following:

  1. Keep yourself engaged in each moment.  If your mind strays, bring it back to the present moment, present environment.
  2. Consider yourself wholly integrated with your surroundings.  Feel your breath as an exchange of energy between you and your environment.  Feel your movements as a dance of energy between you and your surroundings.
  3. Notice!  See what your awareness is drawn to in each moment: a sound, sensation, smell, feeling, image or even taste.  Let your awareness stay linked to the input of your senses.
  4. Cultivate gratitude.  We have been given such a gift to be alive on this beautiful planet.  Find joy and gratitude in everything you experience.
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