Updated: Jul 15, 2020
I know when I started meditating in the mornings I would sometimes feel conflicted, because I would need to focus on my personal meditation and then also take my dog out. Some days I simply just didn't have enough time to do both, and my dog would always take priority
(of course... it's that cute face you know?)!
However, I also realized that the same practices I was incorporating into my personal meditations were available to me out on the trail with my dog.
So I started incorporating more of these techniques into walks with my dog and found that not only did I enjoy meditating this way more, but that I was left with an even greater sense of completeness after.
I really enjoyed taking my practice outside, and keeping things moving, and also just being with my dog. I think we all have our own way of connecting with ourselves and the world around us and
that there is no right or wrong way to do that.
For me, walking meditations in the morning with my dog have really helped set the tone for my days- creating more of whatever I set my intention and focus on for that day.
So if this is something you are interested in trying
here is one of the ways that I incorporate meditation into my walks with my dog.
Creating awareness through training your dog's walk
You may have a dog you can't imagine walking peacefully with, because they are constantly pulling on you. I invite you to use this experience as a spiritual practice. As you are getting your dog ready for your walk focus on how your dog is reacting to you. Are you encouraging high energy from your dog without realizing it? Are you frustrated with your dog?Are you heavily focused on how things should be and unhappy with how they are?
Before you have even left the door you are already creating awareness on the frame of mind you are in- content, patient, frazzled, frustrated, tired, in your head, unable to focus, etc-
Now ask yourself, "Ok this is where I am right now, I accept this moment for what it is, and how do I want to feel today?
If your answer is you would like to feel content then try to become more aware of what that feels like, and become aware of when you stray away from this feeling throughout your walk.
Now you are walking out the door, and if you have a nice quiet path to walk on it will make your practice easier (finding this "contentedness"), but that's not to say that even if you live in a big city that there is not space for you to feel