Welcome to day 9! Today we’ll be talking about walking mindfully. Most of us walk without being aware of how we walk (fast paced, heavy footsteps, etc.) or the thoughts that go through our heads as we walk (anger while waiting at a crosswalk, annoyance with the people in front of us, etc). Mindful walking keeps us aware of our surroundings and our body.
Below I will be posting a couple of links about how to practice mindful walking.
I have mixed emotions about some of the objectives and instructions of mindful walking. As a person with ADHD it can be easy for me to become overwhelmed with taking in too much information and sensations while walking. I enjoy walking and it is one of my main forms of physical fitness. When I am walking for reasons other than fitness or leisure, I don’t want every moment to be spent focusing on too many things. For those of us with ADHD, paying attention to too many things while walking can cause us to become distracted, which can then lead to us being late for appointments, losing track of time, or not ending up where we intended to when we started walking.
Personally I prefer to make mindful walking or walking meditation a simple activity where I make note of things I find beautiful, relaxing, and peaceful. I intentionally choose walking locations where I can de-stress. Walking on a busy road would require much more meditation than it would on a quiet country road. For this reason I do my fitness and leisure walks in the river valley and farm area near my home. I make note of the flowers, birds, the activities of the squirrels and birds, and anything else that brings me to a place of relaxation.
“How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” Psalm 104: 24-25
If you have ADHD, I personally recommend using caution when doing mindful walking activities, so as not to become too overwhelmed while learning this practice.
- Review some of these linked instructions on how to practice mindful walking or walking meditation. Choose one that you’d like to do.
- Meditation in Action: Turn your walk into a mindful moment
- A Guide to Walking Meditation
- Walk This Way
Reflect on how you felt about this activity. Consider if you will try this activity again.