We all need to get in better touch with our feelings, here’s how by using another Walking Meditation.
However, you should be very clear as to what is meant by ‘feelings’ in this context.
What are meant by this are things along the lines of Likes or Dislikes, Tense or Relaxed, Pleasant or Unpleasant, Comfortable or Uncomfortable and so on.
It does Not refer to physical sensations where things may ‘feel’ Hot, Cold, Rough, Smooth, Loud, Soft and so on, (these belong in the first Sensations Walking Meditation),
…. Nor to emotions, where you may ‘feel’ Anger, Frustration, Happiness, Unhappiness, Joy, Sadness and so on – (these are covered in the third Emotions Walking Meditation).
This page follows on from the main Walking Meditations page, if you have not studied that page, then please first click HERE
So assuming that you have studied the introduction page, then when you are ready, let’s start straight off with this second Walking Meditation of the set of four: –
As with the first Walking Meditation, start by just standing quietly for a minute or two.
Turn your awareness inwards and observe how you feel at this present time and place.
…. Do you feel tense or relaxed,
…. In a pleasant or unpleasant space,
…. Comfortable or uncomfortable,
…. Liking or disliking your present moment ?
Spend a minute or two just observing these aspects of how your ‘feelings’ are right now.
Just observe, do not try to influence any of them in any way, either one way or another.
Be an observer – as though you were almost outside yourself watching how your mind works.
Now try to stay in that situation of just watching, and start walking – slowly at first, then gradually up to a normal relaxed speed.
Do your feelings change at all when you start moving ?
Raise your head a little, then lower it again after a minute or so – how does that simple movement affect them ?
As you walk along, all sorts of things enter into your consciousness from the stimuli of the world around you, and also may have an effect on your feelings.
Don’t try to analyze why or what or where or how they change – just be aware that they have changed, and observe this – without attaching any importance to this, or without trying to change anything – just watch.
During this walk you will find that your mind will regularly tend to wander away from looking at your feelings, to all sorts of other thoughts that may creep in – this is entirely normal – it is not bad or good – it ‘just ‘is’ (it is our mind being its usual “Barrel Load of Monkeys !”)
When you become aware that you are not looking at them any more, then just gently bring your mind back to looking at them once more – again and again and again !
Continue walking in this way for about 20 minutes – while trying to keep your consciousness centered on observing your feelings as much as possible.
Now gently come to a stop, and look at what feelings you have now – are they different from those that you had at the beginning of this Walking Meditation ?
In what way ?
Do this Walking Meditation once daily for about a week, and then move on to the next, the 3rd in this series of 4 Walking Meditations – which deals with Emotions.
You can click HERE to go directly there, or else –