By Kimberly Bisnar

Walking Meditation is one of the finer ways we connect to our inner spirit and with nature this makes us feel more grounded.

Walking has many benefits, yet many have forgotten the beauty of how a short walk can help us feel more grounded. Each day we could do more walking yet we choose to drive or sit for long periods of time.

The benefits of walking are numerous, increased cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Improved management of various conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain, stronger bones and improved balance are just a few of the many benefits of walking.

When we do mindful walking we notice different things that happen. Our mind becomes clearer and more focused on our breathing. Our walking has purpose and we notice the little nuisances that we didn’t notice before, like what we see, hear and smell becomes more enhanced with our slower breathing and our pace takes on a mindfulness on it’s own. When we take the time to breathe our bodies give way to more gradual awareness of what is happening around us. We start to recognize the way our minds were meant to think without all the chatter. Gradually this connects us to being more present within. By practicing your walking you practice your breathing which gives you a sense of calm and peacefulness through longer inhales and exhales. What may have seemed like a problem you when you started, walking forces us to slow down and connect to our natural wellbeing.

Walking is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to practice mindfulness thus creating a time and space to allow nature to do it’s work. Taking a few moments to walk each day and breath with mindfulness will open your world to having more resolve and an inner peace.