I’ve tried guided sitting meditation with Headspace. It’s okay. I don’t love it. I’ve done it off and on. Recently I saw a novel idea from Dr. Cam Sepah: walking meditation.
Meditation is supposed to be integrated into your life anyway, right? So now instead of using a special app I’m trying to mix a little more meditation into something I already like doing: walking. It’s been good.
A Dr. Sepah notes, you can do it at the same time as another healthy activity, walking. And it’s another chance to get out into nature.
It just feels less awkward and more like a natural outgrowth of something that people already do. Walking already induces presence. This is just putting a little more emphasis on that aspect and trying to enhance it. I’ve been trying just focusing a little more on my steps, on the rhythm of my steps. I find that alone helps quiet my mind and bring me into the present. So it just seems easier to gradually ease into it than it does to jump into guided eyes-closed meditation.
This is something that a person can do every day, and can easily scale up and down. And can gradually improve in. Without feeling self-conscious about looking weird or anything like that. It makes meditation more accessible, and seem less like a separate activity, and more like something that’s woven into the day.