Take Your Meditation Outside for a More Engaging Meditation

September 21, 2018
September 21, 2018 Nick Santo

Take Your Meditation Outside for a More Engaging Meditation

Stress is a natural part of life. It is the body’s response to any unanticipated (or sometimes anticipated) changes.

Maybe you’ve heard that stress kills. This is true. Chronic stress can lead to major health problems, like heart disease and even cancer.

You may find that you need to take a step back and gain some perspective on everyday stressors. This is exactly the goal of any meditation exercise.

Meditation can offer you some much needed clarity, but you may find it difficult to sit still. Meditating doesn’t need to be about sitting in one spot. Take a look at these helpful tips for meditating outdoors for those who can’t sit still.

What Is Meditation and How Can It Help?

Meditation is an ancient practice that is meant to quiet the mind. When done correctly, you can quiet that load and distracting voice in your head that draws attention to the stress.

Most meditative practices will guide you to living in the present moment. If you focus too much on the past or what is to come, you sacrifice your ability to take each moment as it comes.

Over time, meditation case can lead to longterm benefits to mood. Happiness is an art form that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Research has shown that routines can unlock the path to happiness, so why not add meditation to yours?

Walking Meditations

For those of you little stress monsters who cannot sit in one place for more than a few minutes, meditation may sound like torture. Luckily, there are a variety of meditations that require you to move.

Walking meditations are more than just walks in the park. Although, you may wish to practice your walking meditations in a park. That is up to you.

During a walking meditation, your eyes will be open as you coordinate your movements with your breathing or any other focusing practice.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start your walking meditations:

Setting

You want to choose a place that is free of distractions. Stay away from any highly populated areas or busy roads.

If you need, start in your backyard. Wherever you choose, you need to be able to allow your mind to go inward. This is the goal of meditation.

Length and Pace

Since you couldn’t survive a sitting meditation, hopefully, you will be able to make it through a walking one. You should be able to practice a walking meditation longer than you would be able to a sitting meditation.

Try to keep it up as long as possible. Remember that slow and steady wins the race. This is your opportunity to relax. You don’t have to set a world record for the number of laps around your backyard.

Focusing on the Body

Meditation should allow you to bring your mind and your body into harmony. As you begin, focus on your breathing and scan your body. Take note of any sensations. Notice the stability of the ground beneath you.

Living in the Eternal Now

Have you ever heard the phrase “the eternal now”? Through the practice of meditation, maybe it will start to make sense.

Stress is something that we must all deal with as part of our daily lives. Meditation is just one major component that you can integrate into your daily routine to live a better life.

For more on how to live a fulfilling life, visit here. Stay positive and remember that willpower is everything.