The New Year is offering many of us cool mornings, blue skies, and a bright sun that beckon us outdoors to take a walk. In previous columns we have explored the four primary mindfulness practices of focused attention, body scan, open monitoring, and connection that tend to be done sitting down. This month we consider the important practice of mindful walking and connect it to each of these four practices so that you might bring your mindfulness practice with you the next time you go for a walk.
Mindful walking is a versatile practice. It can be practiced informally during the day, when for example, you are walking to your car, a meeting, the restroom, or outdoors. You can also treat it as a primary practice. Be patient as you learn to walk … again, knowing the potential to transform everyday moments of walking into a beneficial mindfulness practice.