Mind to Walk with Edith Bowman
Today’s activity in our 28 Day Wellbeing Challenge is to take time for yourself and plug into your surroundings using our ‘Mind to Walk’ podcast.
Narrated by radio DJ and TV presenter Edith Bowman, our ‘Mind to Walk’ audio talks you through a walk that will relax your mind as you move your feet.
Expertly written by Dassini Cadwallender, a Glasgow-based writer and meditation teacher, the words read by Edith use mindfulness techniques to remind us to be in the present moment.
Sitting quietly with your eyes closed in traditional meditation or mindfulness techniques might not be for you, but walking meditation allows you to tap into the same benefits with your eyes wide open and moving at a pace that suits you.
It can be used in any type of walking environment – whatever you find from your front door. So, whether your daily walk takes you round your local housing estate, or in a nearby woodland, you’ll finish feeling calmer and ready to enjoy the rest of your day.
Listening to Edith’s familiar voice, allow yourself 30 minutes of self-care as she guides you to bring your mind and body together.
Daily exercise for the body and mind
Try this on your daily walk again and again; evidence shows that the effects of mindfulness are greater the more you practice. It might feel a little awkward to start with, but the script is designed to be listened and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of experience in being mindful.
Many of us already enjoy the simple pleasure of walking, but by being the moment and connecting to your natural surroundings, you can reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.
Give it a go on your next walk and notice how different you feel from taking some time to let your mind to walk with you.
Download Mind to Walk here.
Read our guidance on walking during periods of social distancing.