Zen walking has evolved into many different forms over its existence of a couple thousand years. You can find it in some monasteries to be extremely slow walking while beating a wooden fish drum, while in others, it is practiced at quite a brisk, nearly-jogging pace.
What I have included in this practice is the essence of the meditation: walking and listening. We, the everyday non-monastics, can modify this practice to be suitable for daily life.
Walking meditation is derived from Zen, the form of meditation that has been shown to rebuild brain tissue in long-time practitioners, helping to prevent Alzheimer's and dementia, and also promoting clarity and sharpness of perception. This thickening of gray matter can also help reduce sensitivity to pain: In other words, a practitioner may have less pain in their experience of life.
Try it for one, five, or 10 minutes in this guided practice:
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