“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.”
Together with breathing meditation, walking meditation is the foundational practice of all contemplative traditions of the East. During walking meditation, we focus our attention not on our breathing, but on the physical sensations of every step. This allows us to slow down our pace to reconnect with our body engaged in such a simple activity as walking.
This basic exercise makes us rediscover the joy of walking as a something precious and deeply relaxing. In addition to the benefits of meditation and physical activity, walking meditation also allows us to reconnect to Nature. While are mind settles down, we can rediscover sounds and smells that are deeply rooted in our genes, in our evolutionary history. This has soothing effects on our body and mind, as science has been proving for the last decades, saying for instance that forest environments are advantageous with respect to acute emotions, especially among those experiencing chronic stress.