Good news: More than 145 million adults are walking to stay active and healthy, and to live longer! When you head out for a walk, however, do yourself a favor and leave your mobile phone at home — for your safety and serenity. Using a mobile phone while walking reduces your awareness of what’s going on around you, putting you at greater risk for accidents (collisions with bikers aren’t pretty!) and crime. Instead, use your walking time to relax your body and mind. Walking becomes a moving meditation when combined with mindful awareness: As you walk, direct your attention to the process of walking — feeling each step, breath, and other physical sensations. Paying attention in this way to your body’s experience of walking allows you to connect with the present moment. When you’re feeling mentally exhausted, just say ‘no’ to more time on Facebook, and take a walk instead! The sights and sounds of nature can be especially beneficial for your mind, improving your focus and memory. (That mental sharpness will come in handy at your 4 pm meeting with your boss!) Walking meditation can be just as profound as sitting meditation (plus you get the added benefits of moving more). The truth is, feeling calmer and more relaxed is a walk in the park when you’ve got the right mindset.
: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir