Check out this Guided Walking Meditation created with help from my friend Alan Grimm
OK! Here is a good checklist for your walking meditation class.
Check the weather. As long there is no thunder or lightning; you can have a great walking meditation session. I have meditated and walked in the snow, light rainy, and windy conditions. Check your email for any last minute cancellations. For night walks, please bring a flash light.
Walking barefoot or with shoes - I suggest you try different combinations. I have walked barefoot, used flip-flops (can be noisy but rythmic :-) or good walking shoes. Some people prefer sandals. I suggest you keep an alternate pair in your car. Appropriate footwear is recommended if you want to protect yourself from accidental foot injuries or when we are walking at night.
Light, loose clothes are preferable. Avoid tight clothes. Jeans, shorts and t-shirt or your work-out clothes that fit comfortably are good choices. Please bring an umbrella and warm clothing if conditions are rainy or cold.
Folding chair/mat for sitting - most walking meditation sessions are done in beautiful locations. I prefer to sit before and after my walking meditation session. I also like to lie in the grass and enjoy nature.
Walking meditation will trigger your creativity. If you want to capture your thoughts, bring a pen and a note book.
Avoid caffeine or sugary drinks. Fruits, nuts and a bottle of cold water may be good to have in your car. Kleenex and wet wipes are recommended.
If you are sensitive to bugs or the sun, these are handy to have around.
Keep your phone handy in case of emergency, but set it to the OFF position and leave it in your purse or pocket. Cell phones can be very distracting, they will disrupt your experience.
Walking Labyrinths - Chicago Suburbs
A walking labyrinth is used for walking meditation. It is a single winding path from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the center. Labyrinths are used world-wide as a way to quiet the mind, calm anxieties, recover balance in life, enhance creativity and encourage meditation, insight, self-reflection and stress reduction.
I use the following locations. While they allow public to use the labyrinths, it is a good idea to reach out to the locations before you go there
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Address: 119 W Wise Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193
Phone: (847) 895-8877
Earth Wisdom Labyrinth - UUCE Elgin
39W830 Highland Ave
Elgin, IL 60124
Please contact Dr K if you have additional questions or comments.
a guided finger meditation
Engage your senses with soothing music, guided imagery and a labyrinth tracing activity which leverages the power of touch. Click the album cover to learn more.