The sun is shining and the snow slowly melts. But it is too early to say it is Spring. Winter and blizzards my still come upon us. I do love to take a walk under the blue skies catching the first rays of sun and listen to the birds singing. It makes me feel alive and present. Have you ever tried to walk mindful? Really felt every step you take and how that feels in your body? Have you been completely present in the moment catching up all the small things around you? Not being stuck in your thoughts or agony.
To go for a mindfulness walk is an incredible experience. It may not be pleasant the first times. It may even feel awkward. But keep on trying cause once you get it is a gift. And a good way to find balance and harmony while moving. To that you get to experience the track you are walking on in a new way. You will be one with nature but most of all anchored in yourself. I prefer to take these walks in a park or in the woods. But you can practise it while walking to the bus or where ever you are heading. Start focusing on your breath and the movement of your feet. Feel the ground touching under them. Expand your attention to the senses – what do you smell, see and hear? Does it sound crazy?!
I know the first time I tried this I almost started laughing because I felt so silly. But I kept on trying and got better on ignoring people around me and not bother about what other people would think. They cannot see what you are doing it is all happening inside. The only difference is that you cut down the pace and don´t let your head go back and forward. Instead you focus on one thing at a time. Taking your time to really look and see. It can be a butterfly landing on a flower or a bird sitting on a branch.
Why don´t you head out on a mindful walk? A true walk for your mind and body.
All the photos were taken under my mindful walk today except the one below (it is from yesterday). They catch a glimpse of my focus points. I don´t recommend you to take pictures while learning to walk mindful. It may be too much of a distraction. You are not supposed to look for the perfect photo shot. It is rather away to document things that draws your attention. And by the way – turn off the sound on your phone or other devises that may interrupt.
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