Buddhist Walking Meditation 

When you walk, you can turn it into an active meditation by focusing your mind on the activity itself (mindfulness), or use a mantra to achieve a higher state of happiness and awareness.“Om mani padme hum” is an ancient Tibetan mantra that is about developing and embodying compassion through spiritual practice and applied wisdom. As with many Buddhist teachings there are many interpretations of this phrase.  I find reciting this mantra internally makes me much more flexible with the constant cycle and changes of life… We can never be in any state for long, and this makes it difficult to stay grounded, so if you can establish routines that connect through each day that help you feel happy and healthy, you have space to be more fluid, and are open to more experience, joy & synchronicity in your life. I developed this meditation walking in the forest the other day. Afterwards I felt like I saw the trees completely differently! It really helped me gain a new perspective even though I was literally in the same place. 

I believe it could help you right now.

1. Look up the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” on YouTube and familiarize yourself with the style and tone of the chant. Remember this for later.

2. Think of a quiet place you can walk around. Go there.

3. Focusing on the feeling in your feet as you walk, recite the mantra, internally or externally, as you walk. 

Keep doing it even if it feels uncomfortable at first.

4. Continue chanting until you find yourself feeling more open to the expansive world around you. You will likely find yourself looking more out at in the world with curiosity, as you have given it time to relax through focusing on something else (the mantra). ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀

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5. Get back into the world and tell someone you love them. 💜

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