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Hi all! Thanks for the huge interest. Here are the details of our first meetup.
We will start with an introductory hello, and a brief discussion of what walking meditation is and what you can expect from it. This will also be an opportunity to see what expectations you might have, so we all know where we are starting out from as a group.
Then we’ll take part in a short grounding meditation. This will be a body scan meditation, which has a great way of getting you ready for the main event.
After that, we’ll go through the basic practice for the week. In this first week, we will be using a Pranayama-style walking meditation, which involves walking while counting breaths. In later weeks, we will utilize other methods, such as mindfulness, Zen walking meditation, and general awareness.
Then comes the main event – walking! We’ll engage in just 20 minutes or so of this quiet walking meditation, as it is only the first meetup.
Afterwards we can discuss the meditation, what matched up with expectations and what was surprising.
A few things to note:
Firstly, please make sure you wear footwear that you are happy walking in. It sounds obvious, but it’s important that you’re comfortable. It will be an easy walk, on grass and pathways, so just whatever you would normally wear for that. Also ensure you are warm enough, as we won’t be walking fast enough to really warm the body – and feeling cold might be something of a distraction!
Please bring a bottle of water with you as well.
I am hopeful that this will be a gentle and easygoing introduction to walking meditation. If you have never done walking meditation, you should find this to be a good insight into it. If you have never meditated at all, any more than twenty minutes would likely be too long. It’s going to be fairly informal, so please feel free to pop along and to bring anyone with you who might want to come.
Thank you, and please do get in touch with any questions you might have.