Every path, every street
in the world is your
walking meditation path
Nhat Hanh

Are you on the path of meditation? Have you ever tried a walking meditation?  Not sure if it’s even possible?  Well, it is–at least if you keep your eyes open.  If you don’t then it’s just called falling.

I use a counting meditation while doing my walking meditation.  It helps me to focus my attention just enough while still allowing me to be aware of my surroundings.  The counting is a bit more involved than just counting 1 to 10, but not so complicated that all of your attention is on it.  You need just enough attention.

Each step is a number.  I count one round of 10 and step it down by one number at a time and continue until there is only 10 left.  And then I start again.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
6, 7, 8, 9, 10
7, 8, 9, 10
8, 9, 10
9, 10
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

The original version of this is to start at the lone 10 and then add numbers.

and on…Once you count all 10 numbers in one sequence, then you start in the opposite direction with 1 then 1, 2, and on and on.  I don’t do this option.  Numbers don’t come easily to me and I kept having a hard time with them which caused more distractions. So much easier for me to just go forward, one step at a time.

I walk. Yellow trail stretches out ahead. Yellow to orange, then yellow again as I circumnavigate the park. Walking. Shoes swish the leaves away.  Meditating with each step.

Jennifer Koshak (hiking the yellow trail in Sleeping Giant State Park.)

If you’d like to learn more about walking meditations, check out this Walking Meditations: To Find a Place of Peace Wherever You Are. It provides information on mindful walking and walking meditations, as well as practices to remind us that our feet touching the earth brings us to right now. Or try Walking Meditations: Easy Steps to Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh.