Mindful Walking

Mindful walking is a meditative practice that helps us to reconnect with our body, with the spaces around us, and with Mother Nature.

Bringing our awareness, consciously and with kindness, to the movement of our body – our posture, the swing of the arms, the kiss of our feet on the earth – and to our surroundings, helps us to leave thoughts, negativity and stressors behind.

‘Mindful walking has many benefits. Not only are there physical benefits of walking in itself but mindful walking can reduce blood pressure and heart rate, create feelings of wellbeing, provide better sleep, improve mood and manage stress’ (Teresa Clark-Jones, Michigan State University Extension, 2014).

This is an activity which is suitable for those who are new to Mindfulness Meditation and experienced meditators alike, as well as to those who feel they wish to bring more walking into their life and those who have a passion for walking.

I hold Mindful Walks in Malta in the cooler months of the year. These are one and a half hour events, typically held either on Friday evening or Saturday mornings. Once we meet and we hold the introductions, we enjoy a seated meditation practice together down meditation, and then proceed in a guided mindful walk, taking in our surroundings, being aware of our body, connecting with & thanking the earth with every step. At the end of the walk, we sit down to brief reflections and discussion on the awe and wonder that nature instils in us, and how this awe and wonder is the very essence of Mindfulness in practice.

Tal-Lippija Tower Route, limits of Mgarr

Red Tower Route, limits of Mellieha

Curious about Mindful Walking? Here’s a video where I discuss how to set up a Mindful Walk.

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