Hippy Walking

Always mean to get round to that meditation lark, but never have time?
Yea me too, well, I never manage my time well enough to get it done anyway. I downloaded the HeadSpace app and think I got to about day 2 before forgetting for a fortnight, that I was supposed to do day 3.

Here’s an alternative, it can done along with any task really, but walking mindfully, or walking the dog mindfully (whilst keeping one eye on the dog) is pretty cool, as you’re out in nature and there’s lots of shyt going on, if you tune into it you’ll see/hear/smell what I’m talking about.

Mindful walking

For the count of 10; just focus on all the sounds. Don’t label them, or think on them too much, just hear them.  Then for the count of 10 just feel everything. Not people though, don’t feel people. What I mean is, feel the wind on your hands and face, the ground underneath your feet and hug a tree if you get chance too.

Then for a third count of 10, just take in all that you can see. I spent about 2 minutes staring at tree today, it was ace. And a very cheap form of entertainment.  Finally do the same thing, but try smelling – I usually last for a 5 count on this one, as the smells tend to be less diverse, but certainly worth doing.

I guess you could do this with any task, from washing your hands, to getting the bus to work.  It’s inline with Eckhart Tolle’s line of thinking, that no task is a means to an end. Every task has inherent pleasure within it, but most of us are thinking past that task.  For example, what you need to do once you’ve taken the dog for a walk – rather than focusing on the walk, and being mindful, and in the present.



About Drew

MMA, Fitness & Marketing enthusiast from North Wales, UK. A Stoic Hippy with no hair. Not to boast but - 1st Class Degree in Sports Science from Loughborough, MSc in Nutrition from the University of Liverpool. 20 years experience of weight & fitness training.
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