Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your job, life and/or surroundings? Sometimes we get so caught up in life that we forget that we’re living and that we’re supposed to have fun. Meditation is a great way to step back from the chaos and start to see what’s really important.
Hiking for Meditation
A great way to meditate and clear your mind is by hiking. The combination of long distance exercise and clear air helps to balance your mind. Your body will be releasing endorphins as well as leptin, which suppresses appetite.
It’s important to be present while your hiking. Use it as your calm plane. Study the rocks on the trail, smell the flowers and trees, look at rock formations from every angle and just appreciate everything that is around you. This will help get your mind off of the stresses of work or relationships. Oftentimes you will then be able to see a solution to problems that had alluded you before or see the point of view of someone else that you were having trouble with.
Getting caught up in our own little worlds can make us forget how much of the world is all around us. Looking at all of the rock formations, valleys, crests, etc. we can see millions of years of history. Imagine people 10,000 years ago hiking the same trail that you are and thinking the same things about their life that you are. It really starts to bring your life into perspective. It shows that we are all actually working together with the earth to create a great world throughout the ages.
What is your favorite hike to do? What kind of revelations/meditations to have/do on your hikes?