I have been attending Monday Meditation class at Full Spectrum Wellness for over three years now.
I have to honestly say that there are very few beneficial practices that I have adopted that I have been so dedicated to and been able to really stick to.
There is something about being in a group of people who are all present and wanting to live in the moment for an entire hour that feels so very, very good to my Soul.
My wonderful instructor and friend, Deb, sets a casual tone in the class.
Move if you need to, breathe however your body works best, sit on the floor with a back jack or on a chair. The most important thing is to have compassion for yourself and know that there is no such thing as a wrong way to meditate. That you are taking this precious time for yourself (and the world) is the key.
Occasionally, Deb switches things up. Last night we were a small group, only 4 participants. Upon request, Deb began our evening with a walking meditation.
For about 15 minutes, we all walked in a large circle around the room, slowly, mindfully, paying great attention to our feet and our stride, and all of the sensations this activity brought with it.
While I have done this meditation before, last night something totally clicked in me. I really reached a beautiful state of relaxation and came fully present in my body. Man, did it feel good !
And when we sat down to continue the rest of our meditation, I was so comfortable and centered that I really got to experience some deep and powerful present moment thought.
Last night was the best night of meditation that I have ever experienced. And I really believe that preparing my body with the walking meditation was the key.
Walking meditation doesn’t have to take place in a class or indoors. It is an activity that anyone who can walk can do and can be practiced anywhere in our day to day lives.
I found this great link to instructions on how to begin a walking meditation instruction, from a site called WildMind.org. It is Buddhist in nature but completely non-religious. Not only does the author explain what some of the benefits of this practice are, but it is also all about adapting the walking meditation to your own needs.
So it’s Try Something Tuesday, Beautiful Ones.
Are you ready to walk this way ?
See you on the trail !