Walking Mindfully; Coming to our Senses
In this workshop Gwennie guided participants in the practice of walking meditation. Starting quietly in the studio and then venturing outside for a slow meditative walk showed how walking with awareness can help us to be more deeply connected to ourselves and to the natural world around us.
The Buddhist practice of Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to our experience in the present moment, without preference or judgement. In the practice of walking meditation, we let go of needing to get anywhere and arrive simply in each moment of movement. We bring awareness to the whole experience of walking; the lifting and placing of the feet, the shifting sensations of pressure and touch; the movement of our whole body, and the flow of our breathing. When we walk mindfully, we are more in touch with our senses and our moment-to-moment experience, constantly flowing and changing.
Gwennie Fraser has been teaching courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Northumberland and the North East since 2007. She is an associate teacher with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.