Combining Exercise & Meditation: Introducing "Kinhin"
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the majority of us were given the very clear instruction to “stay at home”. Perfect for meditating and yoga, right?
Depending on your location, you may also have been told that you were allowed out of the house for a set amount of time, for your state sponsored daily exercise allowance. This puts us in the perfect position to try a bit of Kinhin – walking meditation.
Whilst the mental health benefits of walking are widely regarded as positive, how often do you go for a walk without any distractions? How often are you walking but texting or scrolling through social media?
What is Kinhin?
Kinhin is a type of peaceful meditation that involves walking between periods of sitting meditation. This is a great way to clear the mind and enjoy some mindfulness outside of the home, and is certainly useful for those that perhaps struggle to enjoy the benefits of traditional meditation methods.
Meditation doesn’t have to be about some form of spiritual transcendence – simply having a moment to yourself to reflect is all you need.
Kinhin involves walking at a set pace, focusing on the movements of the body and the environment around you to try and help your mind stay focuses and not become distracted by the inevitable whirl of thoughts that besiege us at every waking moment.
Of course, you don’t need to leave the house to try Kinhin – you are more than welcome to try it at home.
So please try it for yourself. Put on a Zen Zone track and allow yourself to be swept away in the journey that your feet choose.
If you’ve tried kinhin, please let us know in the comments below!