“What is an AWE walk? An awe walk is a walk within a place of meaning and beauty, where your sole task is to encounter something that amazes and transcends, be it big or small.” This is from Mindful Magazine’s April, 2017, issue titled, A Guided Awe Walk Meditation. We all have felt those awe moments when walking in a wooded forest, a botanical garden, a blossoming desert, or on a sandy beach. I believe we take our meditation walks with eyes, ears, and hearts open. There will always be something that brings us to that ‘AWE’ moment. It can be touching the bark of a tree, seeing a rabbit grazing or listening to nature’s surrounding choir.
‘AWE’ Walking Meditation Practice
1) Take a deep breath in. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale. Feel the air move through your nasal passages and hear the sound of your breath. We’ll come back to this breath throughout the walk.
2) Feel your feet on the ground and listen to the surrounding sounds. Return to your breath. Count to six while you inhale and six as you exhale.
3) Shift your awareness now so that you are open to what is around you. Notice things that are vast and unexpected; or things that surprise, and delight. Take a deep breath in. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale.
4) Let your attention be open in exploration for what inspires ‘AWE’. Your attention might appreciate vast spaces, and the sounds and sights within them. You might shift to small patterns, for example of the sorrel on the ground, or the veins on leaves, or a cluster of tiny mushrooms.
5) Bring your attention back to the breath. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale. Coming out of these experiences of awe, we often feel a sense of wonder. Wonder happens when we are delighted by that which surprises us, and we are moved to find explanations and deep meaning.
TREAT YOURSELF TO MANY ‘AWE’ MOMENTS!