This past week a winter storm hit and left many parts of the country with unseasonably cold conditions and record snow fall.
Here in the south we experienced it for a few days, yet it quickly returned to 60-degree temperatures.
Saturday morning, I set out on my walk with the intention of focusing on the sensations of the environment. I began walking with quick strides and minimal awareness of my surroundings. I realized my mind was filled with chatter and my body was on autopilot.
I was out of touch with the world around me. This walk felt like work.
In this moment, I decided to transition meditation into this walk.
I slowed my pace and began to walk with gentleness, noticing the sensations of my feet touching the ground.
I consciously relaxed my body, mind and established a natural rhythm with my breathing
I was present. The air was warm and breezy. I observed blades of grass through the melting snow. I could hear dogs barking from afar. The chatter in my mind decreased. I felt at peace.
Walking meditation can be practiced at any time. I am pleased to have experienced the benefits of cultivating mindfulness through walking.