Do a "Walking Meditation" at any time and in any weather.
We know by now that meditation is the key to health, happiness, and success. Yet many of us still struggle with the mental exhaustion that comes from repeated, failed attempts and still still and quieting our minds.
If you find sitting meditation more anxiety producing than stress reducing, you are not alone. For centuries, spiritual gurus have practiced moving meditations of many kinds, specifically walking meditations.
During pleasant weather, it's easier to get outside and do a physical walking meditation, reinforcing the benefits with fresh air and exposure to nature.
However, when it's freezing or storming outside, we may find ourselves very resistant to preparing for the elements.
During inclement weather, or even while sitting at your desk between meetings, Tiara has used a Tiara Tool for many years to access the benefits of walking meditation without having to manage the logistics of an actual walk. We specifically leverage the ancient tool of the labyrinth. Our Tiara Tool is a portable labyrinth that you can print and carry with you, and when you need to give your relentless problem-solving mind a break, it's there.
Take three cleansing, conscious breaths.
Set an intention for the "walk" which might be as general as letting go or more specifically related to getting an insight to solve a problem you are currently facing.
When you feel ready, begin tracing the labyrinth with your finger, pen, or pencil, slowly and rhythmically. Avoid rushing. Keep breathing deeply.
As you approach the center focus on releasing anything stressful.
When you reach the center, pause for as long as you'd like.
As you move back out toward the exit, open yourself up for insight or new, positive energy.
When complete, capture any feelings, images, or insights that emerged.
Share your experience below along with any other tools or resources that you use for moving meditations or walking meditations.
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Peg Rowe is a Managing Partner with Tiara International LLC. Through her business experience, Peg brings knowledge, wisdom and unique perspective on building high performance teams, creating a collaborative culture, developing leaders and delivering exceptional results. She has served in senior executive level operations and general management roles at American Hospital Supply Corporation, Baxter International, Caremark International and Paidos Healthcare Management Services. As a leader, Peg coached teams during major corporate transitions and change initiatives, exceeding business objectives.
Egbert Bol, Chairman Electrical Engineering Education (EEE), Department of Microelectronics at TU Delft
Egbert Bol is Coordinating Principal Educator and chair of the EEE Section. Prior to this, Egbert held various positions in the Universities of Applied Sciences and TU Delft, both nationally and internationally, with the emphasis on enhancing the quality of education programs and creating an environment that strengthens study success. At Inholland University of Applied Science, he was Vice Dean responsible for financial and HR management of all twelve fields of study.
Suzanne Surface, Chief Services Officer, Customer Value at NiSource
Suzanne is responsible for enhancing NiSource’s efforts to identify and drive continuous improvement opportunities for customers. She serves as the NiSource Executive Inclusion and Diversity Champion. She previously served as vice president of audit, where she was responsible for the company’s internal audit and risk management functions. During her previous tenure, the internal audit team expanded its focus on operational compliance, safety and reliability while growing the department’s reputation as a trusted advisor.
Jennifer Alter Warden is the chief operating officer and executive vice president of Baird & Warner, a major independent real estate services company based in Chicago. Much of her focus during her 20+-year tenure has been to bring marketing and technology innovation to the 164-year-old fifth generation company, while perpetuating the cultural values that have driven its sustainability and rendered it the top workplace in Chicago.
Jennifer created the Baird & Warner Good Will Network, the company’s charitable initiative, which has donated more than $2.5 million to local organizations that provide shelter to women and children. She is on the board of Working in the Schools, and in addition to serving as vice president of IWF Chicago, is a member of Northwestern University’s Council of 100 and the Economic Club of Chicago.
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