I recently discovered a delightful little book called ‘The Art of Mindful Walking’. It is one in a series of small, beautifully presented hardback books about mindfulness, each with an equally intriguing title. Others in the series include ‘Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling’, ‘Meditation and the Art of Beekeeping’ and ‘Galileo and the Art of Ageing’.
I like the inclusion of the word ‘art’ in these titles as it implies that how we go about being mindful can be different for each of us; that there’s an art to mindfulness rather than hard and fast rules. Given that being mindful simply refers to bringing one’s attention into the present moment with acceptance and non-judgement, we can practice mindfulness no matter what we are doing or what we are interested in.
Given my love of walking it’s probably not surprising that I am particularly drawn to practicing mindfulness while walking (this is what our Mindful Hiking Days are all about after all). I have outlined some of my thoughts about mindful walking below, derived in part from this lovely little book and in part from my own experience. You might like to think of these simply as a place to start – there being no one right way to walk mindfully! [Read more…]