My responsibilities and obligations were consuming me, and I was not feeling real great about them (actually I was pissed off about them) until the Spiritual Advisor who found me saw me floundering around pissed off at what I perceived to be my lot in life. Being able to ask “dumb” questions, and receive an answer which was delivered with compassion, kindness, and some humor was key to continuing my quest for the knowledge of how to live my life with kindness to others, compassion for them and for myself, and in setting boundaries. Nice people CAN say “no”, with a smile and without guilt.
Now I say a quick “thank you” to Above for the brand new day ahead of me as I open my eyes each morning, and then I’m up and at ’em. I have the leisure to do it this way, as I don’t have a job that I am obligated to get to each day – I work from home. Adapt this to suit your needs…but I advise starting with the “thank you” (and it can be just that, or you can name off what you’re thankful for if you feel inclined to do so). Then I feed Silly Susie and head out on my walking meditation.
I find that doing my walking first thing in the morning sets the tone for my day. Perhaps you can get up a half hour early, or work it into your lunch hour, or at whatever time of day suits your schedule. You don’t need to walk for a long period, you just need to pay attention to your body and the nature around you while you walk. Listen to the birds, the whisper of the breeze through the trees…or the rain, as we so often have here. Listen to your Higher Self as you stroll! There are insights you will gain from listening consciously. I adapted the method below from something I read somewhere on the internet, and it works for me to be more mindful while I walk.
The Walking Meditation:
It connects you with nature.
Be mindful of the earth beneath your feet, the air flowing in and out of your lungs, the sights, sounds, smells, and even tastes that you experience as you walk. Walking meditation helps me to feel more connected to nature. Connecting with nature on a regular basis can help decrease stress, anxiety and depression.
It makes you more mindful of your body.
It’s very difficult to feel connected to your physical self when you have contempt for your body. Walking meditation helps to establish a deeper mind/body connection which will help you embrace your body and makes you more aware of how your body moves. Your posture, gait, and balance all tell a unique one-of-a-kind story, which gives you valuable insight into how you can move with greater ease and comfort.
It clears your head.
Walking can naturally clear your head. Taking a walk outdoors can break you out of a mental fog or a toxic train of thought. The act of walking might be all you need to get away from your normal scenery and shift your awareness from destructive thoughts to a more positive, universal perspective.
It slows you down.
Slowing down is the natural result of moving mindfully and consciously. Enjoy the opportunity to not have to reach a destination. Mindful walking is about taking your time. Remember, it isn’t about how fast you go, but how deeply you can feel.
You can do it anywhere.
You don’t have to take a long hike to gain benefits from walking meditation. Allow your mind to focus only on the walk and the rhythm of your footsteps. The important thing is to be alone with yourself, even if you’re not alone.
I hope this helps you start your day, and be more aware of yourself and Above during your day.