Meditation and methods of relaxation are proven to provide our bodies with several physical and mental health benefits, but have you ever considered walking as a form of this relaxation? The fact that walking is so central to our lives makes it a ready focus for mindful meditation in its easiest form.

Begin by standing up straight with your back upright but not stiff and make sure your weight is distributed evenly. Next, curl the thumb of your left hand in and wrap your fingers around it. Place it just above your belly button and wrap your right hand around your left so your right thumb rests in the crevice between your left thumb and index finger. Continue by dropping your gaze slightly to maintain focus and step out with your left foot, followed by the right foot. Walk at a steady pace, slightly slower than in daily life but not too slow.

This mindful walking will help you begin each day with a clear mind or help you unwind after a big day, assisting with relaxation and allowing you to think clearly about what’s going on presently in your life.