For our last less traditional meditation we are going to look at a wandering meditation. Make sure that you also check out the art and tea meditation posts while you are here.
Some of you might be familiar with the concept of forest bathing, if you are this will feel similar to you ... but a little bit different as well.
For a simple wandering meditation you can go anywhere ... a forest, meadow, garden, park, your neighbourhood, anywhere you have space to move around and maybe a little quiet as well.
The key to this type of meditation is moving slowly ... this is not a race ... this is a slow meander ... an aimless wander.
To start, simply stand still ... close you eyes ... tip your face to the sun ... and take a slow deep breath in and then slowly exhale.
Start to move around ... placing one foot in front of the other ... matching your steps to your breathing ... nice and slow ... slowly move around ... observing ... noticing ... embracing the serenity.
Are the birds singing?
Can you spot any animals?
What does the air smell like?
Is it sweet? or earthy?
What does the sun feel like on your skin?
Is there a breeze rustling the leaves on the trees?
If you are someone who struggles with moving slowly ... try taking a camera with you (or pull out your phone) and aim to capture 10-15 small details that you would normally speed right past ... the moss on a tree ... the sunlight filtering through the trees ... a pile of rock ... try and find all of the beautiful little details that we miss.
You might go on a hunt for 10 signs of Spring ... or signs you know it's a hot summer day ... or the first signs of fall ... just observe what is around you ... become open and aware.
Not only will this give you something to focus on during your wandering, but it will also leave you with photos to look back at when you need to feel the calm again.
So what do you think?
Could you go for a slow wander right about now? I know I could.
Brien-anne RMT, CA
I am passionate not only about Massage Therapy & Aromatherapy, but also living a holistic lifestyle and empowering others to do the same!