You can walk somewhere and then you can walk somewhere with mindfulness.
When you walk, what are you doing? Checking your phone? Chatting to someone on your phone? Texting? Listening to music? Thinking about where you have come from and where you are going to?
Chances are it is likely one of the above.
Sometimes that is me too. Often I am listening to music or checking emails. Those walks aren't my fave though.
No, my fave walks are the ones that go like this.
I don't have a place I am going to. It might be a walk along the waterfront, a walk through some trees or a stroll around the block at lunch time.
I don't take my phone. I engage in being mindful of my foot striking the concrete or grass, noticing whether it is raining or has been raining. I look up at the buildings and nature surrounding me. I listen to the sounds around me and concentrate on the breath filling my body and leaving my body. I notice the vibrant colours in everything I look at (especially trees after rainfall).
I aim just to let the walk be a wholly mindful experience and when my day to day monkey mind tries to interrupt, I gently allow thoughts to come and go but I aim not to attach anything to them. I just let them come and go, come and go.
Each step is a gift, each breath a reminder of the wonders of being human and having this wonderful experience and living in gratitude for it.
Try it out.
The next time you go for a walk make it a mindful experience. Tune into the world around you and engage with it fully.
Be present to the walk. Be curious about it. Recall moments when you were perhaps with a child and copy what they did. Marvel at everything. X