Walking Meditation Using an MP3 Player
To take a walk in a beautiful setting or an engaging environment
while in a meditative state is a wonderful experience. How to
do that is what this page describes; a walking meditation with
an MP3 player and brainwave entrainment download. If you prefer,
you can do the more traditional Buddhist practice using these
high-tech products. Just download a brainwave entrainment recording
to your MP3, and listen to it as you follow the instructions
laid out on this web page: Traditional
That may be what you are looking for, but if you want something
new, read on. There is a way to use your MP3 player that will
give you exercise, a meditation session, and a unique experience
all in one.
To start with you need to load a good meditation recording
directly onto your player, or to your computer and then to the
player. It has to be one that uses brainwave entrainment technology
(sometimes referred to as "binaural beats"). If you
are not yet familiar with what this means, see the following
is Brainwave Entrainment. You can find a good example of
such products by clicking the banner or link for the Meditation
Program (it should be just below or somewhere on this page).
To be safe you should start with one of the recordings that
are designed to bring you only down to an alpha state of consciousness.
This will not normally cause any problem with falling asleep,
especially when walking. As you develop your meditative practices
you might try the ones that are meant to take you to deeper levels.
Once you have a good brainwave entrainment download on your
player, just put on your headphones, start the track, and take
a walk. Most people prefer to walk in a natural setting, but
you can experiment with walking city streets or in any other
environment. With this technology you do not have to do much
to enter a meditative state. You just listen as you walk (although
you should have stereo headphones for most products to be effective).
Walking in a varied environment is distracting, and you will
probably not achieve the same depth of consciousness that you
would with other meditative practices. This is true even if you
use the brainwave entrainment recordings which are meant to bring
your brain activity into the theta or delta ranges. This is okay,
because this type of walking meditation is not meant to allow
you to meditate deeply. There are other practices for that (you
can find information on those on other pages of the site, all
listed on the homepage).
What you will get from using your MP3 meditation recordings
while walking is a unique experience. It is not easily described,
but generally you should see things differently. The recording
will bring you to a state in which your mind is less active in
terms of thought, but still very active in terms of observation.
To put it another way, you will observe things without the usual
filters that are a part of your thinking mind, so you will not
look at then the same way.
It can be argued that this is a more truthful way of seeing.
We do not always see objectively so much as we see what we think
should be there. This is evident in the art of drawing; an untrained
eye draws pictures of animals with the legs furthest away too
long, because even though we see them as shorter, we "know"
they are not, and so we draw then conceptually rather than based
on observation. But the science shows that we do not just do
this with drawing; we do it as we look at things! With a meditative
state that calms the process of conceptualization, we can see
more clearly and objectively.
Try a long walk in an interesting place while listening to
an MP3 download of a good brainwave entrainment recording. You
will enjoy the experience. One of our most highly recommended
downloads (you get eight recordings spanning light meditative
states to deeper ones), can be found here: The