Exercise: Walking Meditation #2

Reference: A Scientific Approach to Meditation

This walking meditation extroverts the mind while allowing senses to become clear and sharp. You may practice this meditation when you are having trouble meditating in a sitting position. Make sure you walk in a pleasant and safe place.

Meditation Exercise:

Walking Meditation on Environment

Purpose:

To extrovert the mind while improving the perception of the environment.

Pre-requisites:

Study Walking Meditation

Instructions:

Find a safe and pleasant environment, such as, a farm, park or a garden where you may spend half an hour. Start walking leisurely.  Become aware of your natural breathing. Start noticing the environment around you. Notice the size, shape and color of the things and their overall visual pattern. Look as far as you can see.

Next focus on the perception of touch. Touch the bench, the swing, the bark of the trees, the leaves of the plants, the flowers, and other surfaces. Feel the different textures, the hot and cold temperatures, and the bulkiness of objects. Experience as much as you can.

Then start putting your attention on the perception of hearing. Notice the quality, tone and loudness of sounds. Do this until your perception of hearing start to become clearer.

All this while, you use your breathing as the stabilizing factor. In other words, whenever your attention strays you bring it back to your breathing and then start noticing the environment again through the perceptions of sight, touch and hearing.

Continue this exercise for at least 20 minute. At the end of your walk you may go to a coffee or tea place. There you observe the perceptions of taste and smell in addition to the perceptions above.

You may repeat this exercise as often as you wish.

End of Exercise:

When attention is extroverted and the perceptions have become sharper, this exercise may be ended.

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