I've just been introduced for the first time this month to walking meditation. I'd like to learn more! If anyone has any suggestions or resources they can direct me to that would be helpful.
Where I tried it was at the local Shambhala Center we meditated for a half hour and then walked slowly in a circle for a few minutes and then resumed meditating.
I'm more familiar with shamatha and vipassana practice while seated.
When I'm seated and still I can calm and be mindful of my breathing (anapanasati).
But when walking the rhythm of my feet would also be competing for my attention.
Can walking meditation allow one to reach as deep state of mind as seated practice? For some reason I'm skeptical that it can on it's own. I imagine it would need to be done in conjunction with regular seated practice.
But the idea of walking mediation is interesting to me. All this sitting still may be good for the mind, but muscles need exercise! If you sit in the park, eyes closed and meditate with your full lotus position... people take notice. If you walk in the park... no one pays any attention. A spouse who doesn't 'get' why you sit and meditate will think it fine if you say you're going out for a walk.
A secret under cover meditation technique ?