What is Walking with Intention?
Regular meditation is a solid foundation for mind-body wellness and a consciousness-based approach to life. The daily practice can improve relationship skills, enhance concentration, reduce stress, improve sleep quality and provide a deeper connection to spirit.
However, to incorporate this practice into your life does not have to mean sitting passively. Walking meditation, also known as mindful walking, is an active practice that requires you to be consciously aware and moving in the environment rather than sitting down with your eyes closed.
The practice brings you closer to nature and reconnects you with your body. There are many ways why walking with intention, or mindful walking, can bring a unique set of benefits into your life and daily routine, here are just a few of them:
It Connects You More Deeply with the Environment
In mindful walking, all of our senses are actively engaged in the experience of walking. We are deliberately focusing our attention on the earth beneath our feet, the air flowing in and out of our lungs, the sights, sounds, smells, and even tastes that we experience as we walk.
This practice helps us to feel connected to the environment of which we are an inseparable part. This environmental connection also cultivates situational awareness, in which we put all of our available attention on our surroundings rather than mindlessly walking from place to place.
It Gets You Out of Your Head
Taking a walk outdoors can break you out of a mental fog or a perpetual train of thought. This interruption may only be a change of scenery, which might be all you need to shift your awareness out of your conditioned mind and open you up to a more universal perspective.
It Helps You Get to Know Your Body
Many of us are so alienated from our bodies that we don’t feel truly connected with our physical selves. Even worse, we may hold our bodies in contempt rather accepting ourselves and having a loving and intimate in-body experience.
Walking mindfully establishes a deeper connection between mind and body, helping you to embrace your body as it moves through space.
It Increases Your Awareness of Intention
By walking mindfully, we cultivate a deeper understanding of our intentions through conscious movement, one step at a time. Each walk begins with an intention; each footstep also begins with intention. And if we practice walking with attention and clarity of desire, we can more easily choose transformative intentions that bring the most fulfillment and happiness into our lives.
It Expands Everyday Mindfulness
Walking meditation is a practice; it’s a skill that develops over time. The more you do it, the more it becomes a part of your being. This integration of mindfulness starts to spill over into other areas of your life, infusing them with deeper awareness.
And since walking is a basic activity that most people engage in on a daily basis, you can practice any time you get up to take a walk, whether it’s for 30 seconds or 30 minutes. This regularity helps this mindfulness become a part of everything you do.
It Helps You Connect to the Present Moment
As you walk and become increasingly aware, the mind grows quieter. On occasion, that quiet becomes deeply profound. Your awareness goes beyond the walking, the breathing, and the passing scenery into the boundless field of pure awareness.
We design all of our One Love One Step Walks to practice walking as an intentional act, so that we can all feel the full benefits of this experience
All of the walks we offer are on a guided basis. With over 20 years of experience in the field, our team will guide you with as much or as little support you need as you step back into nature with us.
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” Tich Nhat Hanh