Meditative Walks #BeBetter52
With all the stress in our day-to-day lives, it is hard for us to find peace and clarity, and to be 100 percent present in the moment. The purpose of meditation can vary depending on the person, but the benefits are the same on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
This week’s #BeBetter52 challenge is to take a meditative walk. Start by setting your alarm to get up 10 to 15 minutes earlier than you normally would. Use the extra time to go for a short walk and practice active/dynamic meditation. By this we mean focusing on your breathing, your surroundings and being present in the moment.
Meditative walks are much more than a simple walk in the park. Before you start walking, take time to be still. Start to become aware of your body and take some deep breaths, inhaling deep into your belly. Put your full attention on your breathing for a couple of minutes. Then let your breathing return to normal and focus on being aware of your body, such as how it feels when you are standing. When you’re finished, begin to walk.
The key is to walk at a slower pace and really focus on everything around you. Focus on the sensations of your legs and feet moving, your breathing, and taking in all the sights around you. Be sure to engage with all your senses -- what do you feel? See? Smell? Hear? Taste? Your attention may at first be drawn to the external sights around you, but it is essential to keep bringing your awareness back to what is going on internally.
Your mind may want to run rampant with thoughts and emotions, but try to ignore them and focus on what’s going on in the moment. This may be difficult at first, but with practice it will get easier.
There are so many benefits to meditation, and people have been practicing it for thousands of years to find peace and clarity! Here is a list of the numerous benefits meditation offers:
- Provides relief from stress and anxiety
- Decreases blood pressure and hypertension
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Encourages more efficient oxygen use by the body
- Increases production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA.
- Promotes restful sleep.
- Increases creativity and happiness
- Sharpens the mind by increasing focus and expands through relaxation.
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