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Osho Kundalini Meditation: 4 Steps To Cure Emotional Blocks

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Kundalini meditation is the process of cleansing the subconscious mind of impurities. It acts as an energy shower that washes away negativity, stress, anxiety, and tiredness accumulated during the day. And it charges you with fresh positive energy, lightness, and peace. The Kundalini meditation that I’m going to talk about in this article, is one of the most powerful and effective techniques developed by Osho.

Kundalini Meditation Benefits

If you’re wondering what’s so special in Kundalini meditation and if you should practice it, check out its benefits:

  1. It helps to get rid of toxic thoughts. Kundalini meditation helps to let go of anger, resentment and accept yourself as you are.
  2. This meditation creates positive habits. As you may know, our brains are made up of 80 billion nerve cells. They’re connected to each other. If you are overtaken today on the road, and you are upset, then tomorrow in the same situation you will be upset again. This creates stable connections between groups of neurons. Through these channels, neurons trigger neurotransmitters. When you are overtaken again, the lazy brain commands the neurotransmitters to “get upset.” And you’re upset. That’s how habits get stronger. But when you practice meditation regularly your brain receives only positive information and you have only positive thoughts. And as you remember, our positive thoughts create our positive reality!
  3. At the end of the stressful day, Kundalini meditation helps to remove tension and fatigue. Instead of blocking emotions you harmoniously reveal them and let them go.

Side Effects

According to Osho himself, the Kundalini meditation is a dynamic meditation which may lead you to a deep catharsis (translated from Greek – purification, through the experience of a strong emotional shock).

Catharsis, in turn, can cause various reactions in the body: pain, numbness, nausea, the desire to scratch, sneeze, or all of this together. Dynamic meditation changes the whole body, creates chaos, and increases energy movement. This meditation opens up all the emotions that you were blocking without expression. These emotions can be expressed through tears or laughter.

It is important to remain in observation, not to itch and not to sneeze. Allow the pain to be and disappear, the tears to flow, the laughter to get released, but do not allow all this to capture your consciousness. Be neutral and observe all the processes at “the here and now” moment.

What Is Kundalini?

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Before you start practicing this powerful meditation you should clearly understand what Kundalini is.

Kundalini is a form of biological energy dormant in the human body. The Kundalini energy is present in the whole body but is concentrated mainly in the lower part of the spine, that is, in the genital area, transmitting vital energy to the offspring. This “snake energy” can be woken up, and through the spine and chakras transferred to the brain.

Kundalini meditation awakens this powerful energy. When Kundalini awakens, the energy rises up the spine, reaches the top of your head and, figuratively speaking, connects you with the cosmos. It is often compared to a snake that crawls along the spinal column, skirting it along the entire length. In the dormant state, it nourishes the body with energy and in the awakened state, it fills the body with it.

The Basis Of Kundalini Meditation

Osho called Kundalini meditation “the shaking meditation.”

Since ancient times, life has become more complicated. People have learned to create cities, grow food, live longer. We made life easier with technology, but there was a new problem. We, modern humans, don’t know how to relax without alcohol, drugs, pills, and smoking. Kundalini meditation solves this problem. Full of shaking and chaotic movements, it helps to literally relieve tension and accumulated problems.

Osho advises to just allow the shaking to be, not to focus on it or trying to control it. It is enough to help the body to relax hands and feet and not to strain.

Osho said that shaking is so important because when you’re shaking your shaking off the inner hardness, problems, tension, anxiety, and any negative emotions you’ve been blocking.

Instruction

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Kundalini Meditation consists of four stages. The duration of meditation is 60 minutes, each part lasts 15 minutes. The best time to practice is in the evening.

The interval of 15 minutes is not chosen by chance. Studying the works of Western psychologists and psychotherapists, Osho noticed that a person focuses on 15 minutes of activity. Further attention is scattered. Then Osho decided to take the interval of 15 minutes as a unit. It makes the practice easier, especially for beginners.

For doing this, you can set an automatic timer before meditation with 4 intervals of 15 minutes.

Osho created special music for Kundalini meditation, which many practitioners still like to use. Try meditating with or without music. Beginners are advised to start with music, it helps to concentrate on the practice.

Now let’s take a closer look at each stage.

Stage 1

Shaking in the first stage helps to remove the inner blocks.

Turn on the music, make sure no one bothers you. In a standing position start shaking. Let your body shake: arms, legs, neck, head, whole body. Your whole body should feel the movement and energy. Don’t think about how you look, it doesn’t matter. There are only you and your body movements. There are no right and wrong movements. The way the body moves is the right state. Eyes can be open or closed. It’s completely up to you.


Let the shaking be, don’t try to force it or control it. Stand still, feel the approach, and when Your body begins to tremble, help it, but don’t force it. Enjoy the freedom and strength of your body.

Stage 2

Dance as you wish. Smooth or sharp, fast or slow, it doesn’t matter. Let your body do whatever it wants. The main thing is that you feel good. Relax and let the dance be.

Stage 3

Stop. Close your eyes and don’t move. You can sit or stand as you like. Keep your back straight, so as not to create obstacles for the Kundalini energy. Even if you don’t feel like it is running down your spine, it’s ok. Everything comes with practice. Give yourself time.

Tighten the abdominal muscles, feel the elastic force of your body. Because you are not moving, the mind will start a conversation. Don’t worry, it’s ok. Watch your thoughts, but don’t dive into emotions. You are an observer, a witness. Your only task at this stage is to watch what is happening, but not to think about it.

At that moment the mind does not understand what is happening. Usually, you obediently play the mind’s games, getting involved in every thought that the mind has planted. Now you are not taking the proposed “toy” (thought) that your mind gives you, you are not playing with it but just looking at it.

Stage 4

Lie down on the floor, do not open your eyes and do not move. Keep watching your thoughts.

Over the past hour, you have tuned in to a deep practice. As musicians tune instruments before playing, so you have tuned your body. You dropped the voltage, then calmed down, came into the position of the observer.

Stand up with your eyes closed and stand for 10-15 minutes. Feel the silence. Feel your power.

The Bottom Line

If the energy of Kundalini has not passed through the spine, it’s okay. Practice this meditation for 3-4 weeks every day to bring the release of energy closer. We cannot know when the Kundalini energy will wake up. If you want the Kundalini awakening so badly that you even get upset after the meditation that nothing has happened, then nothing will happen. Don’t be attached to the result. Just focus on the process and enjoy it!


Katya Ki is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Feng Shui Master, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Chaturtha Pranayama: Discover A New Dimension Of Awareness

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Chaturtha pranayama is both a meditation practice and pranayama that helps to enter deep meditation and the transcendental state of being. This pranayama is also called a “pranayama of the fourth state” which means a transcendental state beyond words. Chaturtha pranayama practice leads to a deeper awareness and helps to prepare for more advanced meditation practices. 

In this article, we will share with you what Chaturtha pranayama is and how to perform it correctly. Read on!

Chaturtha Pranayama

The Sanskrit word ‘chaturtha’ means ‘the fourth’. There are two reasons for this name:

#1

The first three types of pranayama are widely regarded as pooraka (inhalation), rechaka (exhalation) and kumbhaka (retention). Chaturtha pranayama is the fourth type that follows them. In this case, the Sanskrit word ‘Chaturtha’ can be translated as ‘the fourth pranayama’.

#2

According to the Mandukya Upanishad, there are four states of awareness:

1. Jagrat – is a waking state that people experience whenever they are not asleep. It corresponds to the externalized perception of the world;

2. Swapna – is the dream state, which corresponds to the perception of the subconscious mind;

3. Sushupti – is a dreamless state, which corresponds to an intuitive perception of the collective unconscious;

4. Turiya (Chaturtha) – is the transcendental state where words and definitions fail to reach.

Turiya is a state of deep meditation, a transcendental level of being. It is very different from the other three states of awareness. It is also called “spiritual awakening“.

There is nothing to say about this mysterious level of being since its understanding lays beyond words and can be understood only through experience. That is why it is called simply “the fourth (state)”. When the mind is deeply asleep and does not dream, but the consciousness is awake, this is Turiya.

Instead of trying to understand Turiya with our logical mind, we should try to experience it. Chaturtha pranayama is designed to help us with this!

How to Perform Chaturtha Pranayama?

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This pranayama is, in fact, easy to do. It has five stages (five processes):

  1. Sitting straight and motionless, we observe our calm, deep breathing. (At least 20 breath cycles or 5-12 minutes).
  2. Continuing to breathe as well, mentally repeat the mantra “OM”: on the inhale say ‘O’, and on the exhale M-m-m (do it mentally, your mouth should be closed). Do it for 5-12 minutes.
  3. Keep doing steps 1 and 2 and start concentrating on the point between the eyebrows or on the tip of the nose. Do it for another 5-12 minutes.
  4. Keep breathing and repeating the mantra. And now concentrate on the Sahasrara chakra. With the inhale and awareness of the sound ‘O’, you’re focusing at the chakras along the spine in descending order: SahasraraAjnaVishuddhaAnahataManipuraSvadhisthanaMuladhara. With an exhale and the mental sound “M-m-m” you are going up the same line: Muladhara – Svadhistana – Manipura – Anahata – Vishuddha – Ajna – Sahasrara (you DO not need to say the name of the chakras to yourself). You do so a few “circles”. It should take about 5-12 minutes.
  5. Now concentrate on the point between your eyebrows or on the tip of your nose. Continue to mentally chant the mantra “OM ” except now do not observe the breath. Do it as long as possible (5-15 minutes). This leads to deep meditation. This is the main technique of Chaturtha pranayama practice. Do not rush to complete this stage, give yourself time to achieve success in it.

Helpful Tip:

  1. For your convenience, you can set a quiet timer on your phone. If you do each stage for 12 minutes, the total practice (5 stages) will take 60 minutes. If you do each stage for 5 minutes, the total practice will take 25 minutes.
  2. Make sure in advance that no one and nothing will bother you during your practice. In this state, a person is very vulnerable and it is easy to get an extremely negative stressful experience if somebody will interrupt your practice.
  3. It is best to sit in the Lotus pose while performing this practice. If for any reason this pose isn’t comfortable for you then sit on a chair with your back being straight.


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Powerful Meditation to Attract Love and Romance

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It seems that in our modern world, there are so many ways to help find love – Tinder, numerous dating apps, etc. However, there are more and more lonely people in the world. Why does it happen? Why are modern people so disconnected and lost? Well, many are simply not ready for love, feelings, relationships, commitment. Others have so many blocks that keep them away from expressing and receiving love: fears, doubts, traumas, etc. We, modern people, are so afraid to love and get hurt that we choose to not allow ourselves to love. For that reason, there is a big number of people who have their Heart chakras blocked. And this is a big problem for modern humanity!

In this article, I want to share with you a very special and powerful meditation that will help you not just to attract love, but also calm your mind, and charge you with positive love vibrations that will work as a magnet for people. After practicing this love meditation you will literally start radiating the vibes of love – and you will surely attract exactly what you radiate!

Where to Start?

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Attracting a harmonious romantic relationship always starts with self-love. We always attract exactly the kind of partner that reflects our attitude to ourselves. If you often criticize yourself, then your partner will be sure to criticize you too. If you are used to being a victim, then you will attract a partner who will play the role of a tyrant. If you constantly feel guilty, then your partner will find a thousand reasons to blame you for something. In other words, your partner will always be a “mirror” that reflects your innermost thoughts and feelings about yourself. Therefore, you should start with developing self-love and the habit of talking and thinking about yourself only in a positive way!

Do you want to receive more love? Great, it’s a healthy feeling! Satisfy your need for the expression of love that you want the most, and you will feel so much better. Give yourself the attention you want to receive. If you want flowers, buy yourself a beautiful bouquet. If you want to hear compliments, say the exact words you want to hear to yourself, looking in the mirror! Tell yourself everything you want to hear from other people. Do not skimp on affection, do not be afraid to say the most tender and kind words to yourself. Express self-love fully!

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One friend of mine suffered from a lack of compliments from her boyfriend. I asked her, “How often do you compliment yourself?” She looked at me in confusion and said, “Never! I’m not a narcissist!” I had to spend several hours explaining to her that narcissism has nothing to do with self-love and there is nothing wrong with complimenting yourself. And as soon as my friend accepted this and started practicing self-love affirmations her boyfriend started giving her all kinds of compliments and attention! “This is a miracle!”, my friend said the next time we met. “This is not a miracle! That’s how the Law of attraction works! Whatever we radiate, we attract!”, I replied with a smile.

Meditation to Attract Love: What’s Important to Know?

Meditation to attract love is an effective way to find not only a soulmate but also to find inner peace and harmony.

Before you start your meditation to attract love, you need to create a special atmosphere. Here are some tips on how to do this:

  1. find a quiet and peaceful place where no one can distract you;
  2. put on clean and comfortable clothing;
  3. turn off all the gadgets and electronic items, phones, computers, anything that might interfere with your meditation;
  4. choose the music for your meditation – it can be meditation music, the sounds of the ocean, the sounds of nature, etc.;
  5. light pink or red candles, rose essential oil or incense;
  6. sit in a comfortable position and take a few deep breaths to relax as much as possible.

Now you can start the meditation.

Meditation to Attract Love

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Close your eyes.

Imagine that you are standing at the entrance to a mysterious grotto or cave. At the entrance, you are met by two majestic peacocks, who wave their heads at you and offer you to enter. You go in and see a huge crystal, shining and shimmering under the trickles of water. From this water comes a pleasant aroma. You go further and hear the voices of angels and heavenly guides who are saying to you: “Follow us”.

You walk through the corridors of your life and at the call of your guardian angels, you enter a small hall that you have never seen before. It’s very cozy! The ceiling is shimmering with pink hues, all in soft carpets and pink pillows. You have entered the sacred realm of love. Here are all your guardian angels and heavenly guides who accompany you in all your good endeavors. Here is everyone you love and who loves you and wishes you well.

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Your guardian angel takes your hand and walks to the center of the room. Here you see a small pool of rose water. This water is warm and beckons you to take a dip. In the center of this pool is an elevation from which the source of love flows. It never stops and never ends. The streams of love are endless.

You get naked (or you can visualize yourself in thin transparent clothes) and go into this pool. Feel yourself submerged in soft and warm water. You dip your whole body into it. Love waters wash over you. You are immersed in love. Your whole body, every cell of your body breathes love and is saturated with it. You are filled with a sense of tremendous lightness and joy. You enjoy swimming in this sacred love waters. Stay there as long as you want.

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Then come out of the pool and visualize that your soulmate is standing right in front of you. He looks at you with eyes filled with love.

Now imagine that a delicate, fragrant flower is blooming in your heart. Rose, peony, lotus – choose any flower that you associate with the purest form of love. From this flower comes love energy. It looks like pink light. This energy moves towards the heart of your soulmate and enters it. In response to your love energy, the love energy of your soulmate also comes out of his/her heart and enters yours. Now you are connected by a double loop of love energy. Stay in this visualization as long as you like.

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Now hug your loved one, and imagine that he/she hugs you too. You feel incredibly happy that you are together and you are in love. There are no fears or doubts. You feel absolute love, trust, and devotion.

Feel this moment. Remember this pleasant feeling. Keep it in your heart even after finishing the meditation. Now that you experienced happiness, joy, and bliss, you can open your eyes.

The Bottom Line

This meditation is very powerful and effective! Practice it at least twice a week for two months, and you will surely notice an extraordinary change in your life and your perception of yourself and the people around you. Your aura will be glowing with love. And people will be attracted to your blissful radiance like moths to a flame.

Don’t tell anyone that you are doing this meditation. Keep it a secret!


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Walking Meditation: How To Perform It Properly And Why?

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In this article, I want to share the practical aspects of walking meditation. I will share with you how, where and when the practice of walking meditation is the most effective. In this article, you will find practical recommendations of walking meditation, as well as tips on how to form a quality mind that will lead to concentration, insight, and wisdom through physical activity in walking meditation.

Walking Meditation And Buddha

Buddha emphasized that mindfulness can be developed in four basic meditation postures: standing, sitting, lying, and walking. He encouraged us to be aware of these postures in order to form a clear awareness and remembrance of what we were doing while in one position or another.

The ancient Bodhi tree grows in the Indian village of Bodh Gaya. According to legend, it was under that tree that the Buddha attained enlightenment. Nearby you can see a path length of 17 steps. The Buddha used that path for his walking meditations.

In his teachings, the Buddha has repeatedly said that it is important to develop clarity of consciousness constantly, no matter what position your body is in: you sit or stand, lie or even walk – for the practice of meditation, you can and should use any moment. The lives of monks and nuns of the Buddha’s time show that many of them reached different levels of spiritual realization through meditation while walking.

Find Your Own Way

Some people find that they are particularly drawn to walking meditation because they find it easier and more natural than sitting meditation. When they sit down, they feel too lethargic or tense or easily get distracted. Their minds do not calm down. If the same thing happens in your case – do not persist. Try something else, like changing your posture. Do something different. Experiment with standing meditation or try walking meditation. This new posture during meditation can give you other skillful means of applying the mind. All four postures of meditation are simple techniques that you can use for the development and training of your consciousness.

Try and develop meditation while walking and you will be able to see its benefits.

In the forest meditation tradition of northeastern Thailand, monks put a special emphasis on walking meditations. Monks spend many hours walking to develop concentration. Sometimes ten or fifteen hours a day!

Ajahn Singtong spent so much time meditating while walking that he trampled a furrow in the meditation path. There was a hollow in the sandy path, for he walked many hours a day – sometimes fifteen or more!

The Five Benefits Of Walking Meditation

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Buddha spoke of the five benefits of walking meditation. If you take them in the order in which they are considered in the suttas, it turns out that walking meditation:

  • develops endurance when taking long walks;
  • is good for diligence;
  • good for health;
  • it is good for digestion;
  • promotes concentration that lasts for a long time.

Now let’s take a closer look at walking meditation benefits!

#1 Development of endurance

The first benefit of walking meditation is that it promotes endurance over long walking distances. This was especially important in Buddha’s time when most people traveled on foot. Buddha himself often traveled, moving from place to place. He, therefore, advised walking meditation as a method of developing physical fitness and endurance over long walking distances.

The forest monks still roam. They take the Cup, the robes, and wander in search of secluded places to meditate. As a preparation for the journey, they are constantly increasing the amount of meditation when walking, to develop, among other things, physical fitness and endurance. They increase the amount of such meditation to five or six hours a day.

#2 Development of diligence

During sitting meditation, many meditators are faced with the fact that every time they drown in calm states, they may become too “calm” and unconscious, which leads to sleep or even snoring. Time passes quickly in such a meditation, but they do not have any clarity or vigilance, although it feels peaceful. Without mindfulness and alertness, meditation can become dull.

If you are one of those who can fall asleep during meditation then you should consider practicing walking meditation. Walking back and forth, meditating, will help you to overcome drowsiness. You will not be able to fall asleep while you are walking!

#3 It’s Good for your health

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Buddha said that walking meditation promotes good health. This is the third benefit.

We all know that walking is considered a good form of physical exercise. When we practice meditation while walking we are actually performing a physical and mental exercise. So walking can be good exercise and a way to develop the mind. But in order to get such benefits, it is necessary to bring awareness into the walking process, instead of just walking and letting the mind wander in thoughts and emotions.

#4 It’s good for digestion

The fourth benefit of walking meditation is that it is good for digestion. This is especially important for monks who eat just once a day. After eating, the blood rushes to the stomach and its outflow from the brain occurs. Therefore, you feel drowsy.

The forest monks emphasize that walking meditation should be practiced for several hours after eating, as walking back and forth promotes digestion.

When you have had a hearty lunch, instead of going to sleep, it is better to meditate for an hour while walking. This will help physical health and give a chance to develop the mind.

#5 Promotes prolonged concentration

The fifth advantage of walking meditation is that the concentration resulting from such meditation lasts for a long time.

When we practice sitting meditation, it is very easy to maintain the posture. All we need to do is just close our eyes and reject the stimuli that come through sight. We don’t bother with any bodily movements. Therefore, in comparison to walking meditation, sitting meditation is a much more refined posture in terms of the involved activity.

When we walk, we get a lot of sensory information. We look where we are going, so we get visual information, and we also get information because of body movement. Therefore, if we can focus the mind while walking and receiving all this sensory information, then when we change this posture to a more refined one, the concentration will be easier to hold.

In other words, when we sit down, the power of the mind and the power of this concentration easily flow into this refined posture. So, if you develop concentration only in a sitting position, when you get up and begin to perform bodily movements, such as walking, it is more difficult to maintain this state of concentration. This is because you go from the subtle to more physical. Therefore, walking meditation can help to develop strength and clarity of mind and concentration, which can make other, less active, meditation poses even better.

Preparation For Walking Meditation

Suitable Place

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Remember that walking is a stimulating posture, and initially, the mind will often wander. Beginners are best to start with shorter tracks. Fifteen steps would be enough. If you are going to do it outside, then find a secluded place where you will not be distracted and disturbed.

It would be great to find a track that is a little hidden. If you walk in an open space where there is a beautiful view, it can distract you – since your mind would be thinking about the view. The hidden territory is especially preferable for those who think too much. This will help you to calm your mind. If the path is hidden, it will help to direct the mind inward and calm down. Oppositely, if the path is open and provides a view then your mind will be directed outward which doesn’t match to meditation purposes.

Mind And Body Preparation

Once you have found a suitable place, stand at the beginning of the track. Straighten up. Place your right hand on your left palm in front of you. Do not walk with your hands folded behind your back because this posture represents a simple walk but not meditation!

The main purpose of walking meditation is to develop Samadhi which requires diligence. The Pali word “Samadhi” means focusing the mind, bringing it into a state of unidirectionality through the gradual development of the stages of awareness and concentration. To focus the mind, one must be diligent and determined.

First of all, it requires a certain degree of physical and mental concentration. You start by folding your hands in front of you. The concentration of the body promotes the concentration of the mind.

Thus, to establish a concentration of the body, one should stand up, establish awareness and mindfulness in relation to the body. Then you have to raise your hands together in Ajali (a gesture of respect). Close your eyes and focus your mind on the qualities of Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.

After that, put your hands in front of you and establish a determination in your mind in terms of how much you are going to walk: half an hour, an hour or more. Go strictly as much as you decide. So you will train your mind in this initial stage of meditation with zeal, inspiration, and faith.

It is important to remember to look down (about 5 feet ahead of you) while performing walking meditation. Don’t look around. Maintain awareness on the sensation of your feet touching the ground. In this way, you will develop a more refined awareness, a clear knowledge of walking while performing walking meditation.

Mindfulness To Walking Posture

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In this technique, while walking, you direct all your attention to your feet, to the sensations and feelings as they arise and disappear. Be aware of this feeling with your whole foot. As the foot rises again, note this new sensation in your mind. When you lift each foot and step forward, concentrate on the sensations that occur. With each new step, new sensations will be experienced, and the old ones will cease. All this should be realized. With each step a new sensation is experienced – this sensation arises and disappears; arises and disappears again.

In this method we direct attention to the sensation of walking itself as each step is taken. We should notice what type of sensations and feelings arises on your feet.

When we stand, we experience a sensation, a feeling, a contact with the ground. This contact can produce pain, heat, or other sensations. We direct our conscious attention to these sensations, fully cognizing them. When we lift the foot to take a step, the sensation changes as soon as the foot lifts off the ground. As you walk the feeling is constantly changing, new ones appear. We consciously note this emergence and disappearance of sensations as the foot lifts off the ground and touches it again. Thus, we keep full attention simply on the sensations arising when walking.

Have you ever paid attention to the sensations in the foot while walking?

They happen every time we walk, but usually, in life, we don’t notice these subtle things. When we walk, our mind wanders somewhere. Walking meditation is a way to simplify what we do when we do it. We affirm the mind in the here and now. We simplify everything, we calm the mind by simply knowing the emergence and disappearance of sensations.

How fast are you walking?

It is advised walking naturally, not too fast, not too slow. If you walk fast, you may find it very difficult to focus on the feelings that arise and fade. Maybe you need to slow down a bit. On the other hand, some people might be better off speeding up. Everyone is different. You need to find your own pace that would suit you. At first, you can walk slowly, and gradually move to a natural pace of walking.

If your awareness is weak (that is, your mind often wanders), walk very slowly until you can stay in the present moment with each step. Start by establishing awareness at the beginning of the track. When you get to the middle, ask yourself, ” Where is my mind? Does it know the sensation in my feet? Do I feel a touch here and now, in the present moment?”. If the mind has run away, bring it back to the sensation in the foot and continue walking.

When you reach the end, slowly turn around, re-establish awareness. Where is the mind? Does it know the sensation in your feet? As a rule, the mind rushes in search of thoughts of vanity, fear, happiness, sadness, anxiety, doubt, pleasure, disappointment, and so on. It wanders in a multitude of all the thoughts that can arise.

Awareness

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If awareness of the object of meditation is absent, then first set it again, and then start walking back. Establish the mind again on the simple knowledge of the act of walking, and then begin to walk back to the other end of the path. When you reach the middle, note: “I am in the middle of the path”. Then, when you reach the end of the track, note: “Where is the mind?”. This is how you go back and forth, being aware of the arising and disappearing sensations. As you walk, constantly reset your awareness, bringing the mind back, directing it inward, becoming aware, seeing sensations at every moment of their occurrence and disappearance.

As we maintain awareness of the sensations and feelings in our feet, we will notice that the mind has become less distracted. The mind will be less and less inclined to external things happening around us. We will become calmer. The mind will calm down as it is established.

When your mind calms down, you will want the movements to stop. Stop, stand still, let the mind experience this state of peace and quiet. If the mind has become very refined while walking, you may find that it is simply impossible to continue walking. Walking implies a willful decision to walk, and your mind is too focused on the object of meditation. Stop on the path and continue your meditation in a standing position. Meditation involves working with the mind, not with posture. A physical posture is simply a convenient tool that serves for perfecting the mind work.

Concentration And Calm

Concentration and calm go hand in hand with mindfulness. When the mind is calm in meditation, there will be a feeling of joy, delight, and bliss due to this calmness. The Buddha said that the bliss of peace is the greatest happiness and the concentrated mind experiences this peace.

This peace can be experienced in this very life. By developing the walking meditation practice we can integrate it into everyday life. For example, when we go to the store, from room to room, etc. we can use this active movement as meditation. We can be conscious of just the fact that we are going somewhere and the process of walking can be our walking meditation. When we are practicing walking meditation in our everyday life our minds become silent and calm. This is the way to develop concentration and peace in everyday life.

From Sitting Meditation To Walking Meditation

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If during sitting meditation the mind becomes peaceful with the help of some object of meditation, then use the same object for your walking meditation.

However, in the case of some subtle objects of meditation, such as breathing, the mind must first acquire some degree of stability and calmness. If it is not calm yet, but you start walking, focusing on the breath, then it will be very difficult for you to perform a walking meditation, because the breath is a very subtle object. Therefore, it is better, to begin with, a coarser object – for example, with sensations and feelings arising in the feet.

There are many different objects of meditation that will help to move well from sitting to walking. For example, kindness, compassion, equanimity, etc. As you walk back and forth, develop the broadest thoughts based on kindness: “May all beings be happy. May all beings be at peace. May all beings be free from suffering.” You can use walking in addition to sitting meditation, developing the practice on the same object, but in a different position.

Mantras

If during walking meditation you notice that you are falling into drowsiness, then you need to cheer up the mind, not calm it down. Use the mantra to make it more focused and alert. Quietly repeat the mantra to yourself. If the mind is still wandering, start saying the mantra very quickly, and start walking more quickly. As you walk, repeat the mantra. Thus, the mind will be able to focus quickly.

The Bottom Line

When you decide to perform walking meditation you need to remember that what matters is not how many hours we spent on meditation, but how good it was. If your mind wandered while walking back and forth, you were not meditating. It is the quality of the mind that matters, not the amount of meditation we do.

Every aspect of our lives is an opportunity for meditation. Meditation is not just sitting on a pillow. All the processes of life are opportunities for us to explore reality. We make an effort to know things as they really are, that is, to know that they arise and disappear.

In the forest tradition, when a meditation teacher comes to a monastery, almost the first place he goes is to check the monastic meditation paths to see how many footprints there are. If the paths are well-trodden, it is considered a sign of a good monastery. Let your spiritual path always be well-trodden!


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