1. Find a peaceful path where you can perambulate back and forth for 10-15 paces. A customary walking meditation is a slow, formal walking that can be done either indoors or outdoors. As this is a feminine devotional practice, I suggest being outside in nature. I practice on a little section of a hiking trail that I find particularly enchanting. The trail doesn’t have to be very long since the objective is not to reach a specific destination, but simply to practice mindful walking where you’re mostly retracing your steps. I also suggest wearing something silky or flowing that cultivates your feminine essence. Why not right?
2. Walk 10-15 steps along the path you’ve chosen, and then pause and breathe for as long as you like, taking in the beauty around you. When you’re ready, turn and walk back in the opposite direction to the other end of the path. Pause and breathe again. Then, when you’re ready, turn once more and continue with the perambulate.
3. Walk at a slow, leisurely speed that doesn’t feel awkward; a pace where you can feel a connection to the earth and the elements.
4. You can have your hands at your side, in namaste at your heart, or clasped behind your back. Discover what feels right for you.
5. Most of us walk habitually, absorbed in remembering, dwelling, planning, worrying, or analyzing. Focus your attention on one or more sensations that you would normally take for granted, such as the fall breeze making contact with your skin, or notice the movement of your feet and legs and how they come into contact with the earth in each step. Listen to the sounds around you. Focus on the breath, or all the colors and beauty you see in front of you. You can also deliberately focus on the step and internally state “lifting” and “placing”. When the mind begins to wander kindly guide it back to the senses.