If there's one thing we're not made for, it's to be home all day without doing much. I must admit that from time to time staying...
If there's one thing we're not made for, it's to be home all day without doing much. I must admit that from time to time staying home to rest and moving little or nothing is nice. However, if the rest days go from being few to many, then the truth is that even someone sedentary like me misses it.
I am a sedentary person, I must admit it; Still, I like to go for a walk and breathe fresh air; it's as if the body asks me to. So when I stop walking, and after a while, I resume my walks, I feel like the veins in my legs are going to burst. It's like pouring hot water through them; On top of that, I get itchy. All of these are symptoms of my poor circulation, which are reduced when I have continuous physical activity.
Having an active life is not the same as going to a gym and going 7 days a week. Just go for a walk every morning; however, if you want to get real benefit from this exercise, you must know what mindful walking is.
What is mindful walking?
The conscious walk is of Buddhist origin; therefore, it has been practiced for a long time. This is a kind of meditation that is done while you are walking; well, simple and straightforward.
It happens that many people cannot practice meditation while sitting, because they need to be active. Well, this type of hike is designed for them. It is interesting to carry out this type of exercise because it can be done behind closed doors or outdoors. In addition to adapting to any place, it is very simple to do.
How is conscious walking carried out?
Usually, when doing a walk as an exercise, we just pay attention not to step on something or not to trip; However, in conscious walking, what you do is pay attention to each step you take, while taking deep breaths.
As you can see, it is not a matter of how much time you spend, where you do it or how much distance you travel. In conscious walking, what matters is the attention you pay to the activity and the way you breathe.
Mindful walking involves taking small steps and going slowly. This will help you to have a connection with yourself, observe everything around you, and get rid of accumulated stress.
It is recommended that you do not try to cover many steps in a short time, that is not the objective.
Take about 10-15 slow steps first, then rest and breathe deeply until you feel comfortable. Go back to the way you traveled before and at the end take a little rest again and breathe deeply. Do this process for about 15 minutes.
REMEMBER: As you walk, rest, and breathe, become aware of each and every sensation that bombards you while you are meditating. Notice the way you breathe as well as what your legs, feet, arms, and hands feel when you move them while walking.
Something that you should also keep in mind is to observe everything around you (smells, colors, people, animals, the wind). Giving yourself the opportunity to contemplate every aspect of your surroundings makes you more aware of life and helps you appreciate what you can enjoy.
- You release stress and therefore you will enjoy more health.
- You learn to pay more attention and be more concentrated.
- You connect more with what surrounds you because you are paying attention to the place where you are exercising.
- You develop the ability to be calm. This happens because paying attention to what you are doing helps you enjoy what you do.
- By walking consciously you can gain more knowledge of yourself. This is because you learn to understand yourself and "listen" to what your body wants to tell you about your health.
- It will help you to slow down; that is, you are going to learn to live without haste. Therefore, you can have more patience to wait. You will learn to make decisions more calmly.
-You will stop bent over and begin to walk more gracefully and slowly.
-You will learn to meditate in another way.
What does meditation entail?
Meditating implies becoming aware; that is, to realize. What happens is that we usually live "on the run." We rush through life without noticing anything; This makes us miss details that are very valuable to us, experiences that nourish our spirit and with which we could be happier.
When meditation is practiced, we connect not only with our being but with everything that surrounds us. We listen, understand, and understand life better.
Meditating is not the same as keeping your mind blank waiting for divine enlightenment messages. Meditating is being attentive to everything you think and feel in those moments, thoughts, and feelings that are what at that very moment are affecting your life. In meditation what you do is face them and try to find a solution, if it is a problem.
It only remains for me to say that when you decide to give mindful walking a chance, you will see how in a short time your life changes radically. With it, you not only improve your physical health but also your mental and spiritual health. In addition, you manage to live more calmly and wisely. The benefits are many and are achieved in a short time. I hope you consider and implement it in your life.