Mindfulness For Real – Episode # 7
Have you heard of mindful walking? Even if you are new to the concept, listen to today’s episode of Mindfulness For Real, where I discuss the practice and benefits of mindful walking.
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Transcript Podcast Episode # 7: Mindful Walking
Tired, stressed-out, and ready for a change? I hear you! But I do have a little tip for you today, that you can easily implement. Interested? Good! Let’s talk about Mindful Walking!
But first, let me thank today’s Sponsor, Anchor!
So You Need a break? Go For A Walk!
Yes, I am sure you have heard that one before, but hear me out because I am not talking about any old shuffling around outside.
if I am completely honest, a lot of times walks would only send me on a downward negative thinking spiral. Before I learned about the concept of mindful walking I would rehearse conversations, worry about my current bank account balance, rehash how mad I am about the neighbor peaking into my window, or hundreds of other non-pleasant thoughts that run around rampant when not checked and left to their own devices.
After discovering mindfulness, however, walking became a chance to practice what I learned about mindfulness, to really hear the sounds I was surrounded by, including the noises of that my dogs, made (all of that sniffing, snorting and grunting is too cute!), the many bird conversations, and all of the nature that tries to push through any space that it can find even the smallest crack, despite being within in a large city, like where I reside.
What Is Mindful Walking?
The concept of mindful walking, however, is more focused on the process of actual walking, rather than the sights and sounds surrounding us, and that brought new beautiful insights. I learned that despite wearing tennis shoes, some types of grasses felt strong and stable, while others were like welcoming clouds, soft and cuddly. I felt how my body responded differently on different terrain, which muscles engaged depending on if there was an incline or non-even surfaces. And those moments were and still are – moments of pure bliss.
While these are all obvious things, when is the last time you actually felt them? When is the last time you took the time to feel the different textures beneath your feet, especially if you were not barefoot? Or do you only wonder about which muscle engages on what terrain, when you have a problem walking on it?
If so, you are not alone. It is more likely that you – just like I have before – allowed your mind to flow to whatever needs to be tended to (at least what your mind thinks that is all that more important than actually paying attention to details) – but that is not only missing out on potential bliss but the potential opportunity to relieve stress, to lower your blood pressure, to relax your muscles, and release anxiety.
Mindful walking is a simple, blissful and accessible form self-care, and contributes to your overall mental and physical health, just like all of the other awesome things you are already doing to take care of yourself.
While I recommend that you should try eventually to be completely present during your entire outing, you can begin by starting and ending your walk with this mindfulness technique. Starting small has the benefit of it feeling less than a chore or something that you have to fight to be able to keep up, only leaving you with guilt after not being able to continue for 10 minutes or longer. Every short period of time that you can practice this mindfulness technique (or others, for that matter), will have a large effect, especially if done consistently. If you want to know more about how small changes can make a big difference in your life, you should read The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.
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Have a blessed week!