What: Walking meditation involves focusing on the physical sensations of every step you take, sometimes in coordination with the breath.
Examples: The Zen Buddhist practice of kinhin; the Native American vision quest; Kundalini Yoga's breathwalk practice; the Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist practice of parikrama; and the Christian practice of walking a labyrinth.
Benefits: A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in December 2013 found that a type of Buddhist walking meditation reduced depression and improved functional fitness in depressed adults aged 60 to 90. According to author and former Buddhist monk John Cianciosi, the practice is also intended “to sharpen awareness and train the mind to concentrate.”
Keywords: slow-motion, grounding, calming
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