You Can Meditate with Your Eyes Open. Seriously, You Can.
It’s no secret that there are many health benefits, physical and emotional, that you gain from meditation. But, just like getting to the gym, that doesn’t make it any easier to find the time to do the practice. Right?! WRONG!!!
With Spring around the corner, our bodies are getting ready to trade Winter’s hibernation for increasing movement. So, I’d like to share with you some tips to practice a Walking Meditation (with your eyes open). This allows you to cultivate some stillness in your BUSY mind, while you enjoy all the health benefits of a good walk.
Walking Meditation Tip : Pick a Point of Focus for Your Walk
The power in meditation is training your brain towards a single point of focus (usually our breath or a mantra). As you’re lacing up your runners, think about what you’ll focus on during your walk; just one thing. My top pick in nature is listening for birds chirping, And, my top pick for city walks is to pick a make or colour of car and count how many I see. The idea is to simply “focus your attention on 1 thing”. When you drift away (and trust me…you will…we all do) – as soon as you notice, bring your attention back to your chosen point of focus.
Each time you drift away, notice, and then come back you are strengthening your focus on the present moment muscle. The way lifting weights at the gym strengthens your muscles, working your focus muscles strengthens your ability to remain present in your day-to-day life. Let me tell you, remaining present in your day-to-day life ups your happiness quotient HUGE! You will write less negative stories in your head and notice more of the beauty around you.
OK. You can do this, right?! You bet you can! Give it a try and let me know what you think. Start small – a minute or two – and give yourself a super-big high-fiver for trying, noticing and taking a big step in the direction of your health and happiness.
Sending oodles of love your way,
PS If you’d like a few more tips, check out this article from The Greater Good Institute.