Walk – Mindfully
September 19, 2008 · Published By Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD.
Many people have been indoctrinated to believe walking is a chore, therefore, it is something to be avoided. People look for the closest parking space in any parking lot, take elevators to the second floor and generally avoid walking as much as possible.
Some people recognize walking as the most beneficial activity that is a natural course of living. Walking can be an easy multitasking effort. Walking a few blocks has unlimited benefits-not only for your health, but your spirit as well. As you walk, connect with your inner thoughts. If you are walking outside; walk on grass or bare dirt so that your feet connect with mother earth. If you walk on concrete; the earth is still beneath you, supporting you-simply visualize the earth’s nurturing energy coming through the concrete into your feet and body. Walking allows your body to remember simpler times, when life was less complicated-when walking was the only mode of transportation.
The ease and practicality of walking allows you to create time, space and awareness of yourself and your surroundings and the wonders that lie within. Taking a few minutes to walk every day and becoming aware of your breath will in turn open the door of the beautiful world you life in.
Each step you take will lead you to becoming mindful of yourself and your feelings. While you walk notice your breath-through the length of your inhale and exhale become attuned to the way in which your breath supports your body. Walking helps you to slow down to the rhythm of your body and taking the time to integrate the natural flow of your cellular tissue. Mindful walking allows you to exist in the moment. As you walk and practice breathing mindfully you will gain a sense of calm and tranquility-the problems and stress of the day slowly fade away as you focus on the ‘now.’
Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Author, “101 Great Ways To Improve Your Life.” Dr. Dorothy has the unique gift of connecting people with a broad range of profound principles that resonate in the deepest part of their being. She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one’s daily thoughts and feelings. www.drdorothy.net.