Enjoy a Mindful Walk This Autumn. Summer may be slipping away from us, but there are still some warm days ahead of us and autumn can be a really beautiful time to be out walking. Why not take advantage of this by practising a mindful walk?
Mindful walking simply means walking while paying attention to what's going on within our bodies and outside of us. It can be practiced anywhere, whether you are alone in nature or with others in a crowded city.
Mindful walking allows us to be aware of the pleasure of walking. We can keep our steps slow, relaxed, and calm. There is no rush, no place to get to, no hurry. Instead of being stuck in our heads, thinking, pay attention to your senses. Take time to pay attention to what you can hear around you: the birds singing, the sound of your steps on the ground, sounds of nature, cars… Then switch to another sense, perhaps sensations and feel what it's like to walk, what it's like to breathe and what it's like to feel the sun or breeze on your face. Take time to look around you: what can you see? You may notice things that you hadn't previously noticed when you hadn't been mindful. Don't forget to look up into the sky, as we often forget to look upwards.
Remember: we can only find joy in the moment we are in, so pay attention and you might just discover something that makes you smile.
Maria Hancock,, Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Mindfulness Teacher, NLP Practitioner, MSc Health Psychology