The Mindful Thoughts for Walkers: Footnotes on the zen path book by Adam Ford is a very easy to read, succinct book, focusing on meditations whilst walking and exploring nature. Walking is a great way to clear your mind and step out of the usual hustle and bustle daily routine you may have and this is a beautifully worded book. I particularly like the fact that it takes a different approach to walking, which many people see as a chore.
With it being pocket sized and hardback it’s very easy to transport with you in your coat pocket or rucksack as a companion on your walks. Maybe you’re now thinking ‘I’m no hiker’, well you may not be but even if you take a daily stroll to your local shop, you can still practice mindful thoughts! I also love the artwork in this book. It is perfectly suited for the nature/outdoors theme but also visually appealing and ‘mindful’ in it’s illustration.
Each chapter is short and well-written with plenty of tips in each one. I love that there is a big focus on emptying your mind, focusing on your breathing and simply bringing your mind back to basics and connecting with nature and your surroundings. Quite often when you are walking you are still thinking about work, family and life in general. After reading this book however, you will learn to think about the present. Even the smallest things such as putting one foot in front of the other and taking a step as well as increasing your awareness of your surroundings.
If mindfulness is something that appeals to you, you could also check out the Mindful Thoughts for Cyclists which is also in the same range. I’m really excited to read this one too as I do love cycling and clearing my mind. Watch this space for a review of this book too!
Do you have any mindfulness books you like to read? How do you practice mindfulness?