Aug 03, 2008 / by corematters / 2 Comments

Need a break? Take a walk.

In ChiWalking, we walk with mindful attention to our steps. So we get aerobic conditioning with a bonus: meditation. Thinking about a single thing–in this case, what we are actually doing–is meditation.

John Cianciosi, writing in the Yoga Journal says, “Practicing walking meditation encourages the development of mindfulness in ordinary daily life. If you can learn to establish awareness during walking meditation—that is, while you are physically moving with your eyes open—then it won’t be difficult to arouse that same wakeful quality during other activities, such as eating, washing dishes, driving, or, of course, practicing yoga. Your meditation will begin to permeate your entire life.”

In ChiWalking, since we’re paying attention, we also listen to the feedback from our bodies, and make adjustments as needed to prevent any injuries.

Safe, injury-free exercise for body and brain. Sounds like a good deal to me.

If you already take walks, try focusing on your body. Every detail that it feels. To freshen it up, next time you go out, walk the reverse trail. If you leave the house and take all right turns around the block, tomorrow, take all lefts.

And you know what? If you walk far enough, you can pretty much walk off anything.

Try it.