July 5, 2021

Silly Walking

Making the smallest changes can sometimes have the effect of snapping us out of autopilot and really appreciating the present moment. This is the fourth in a series of posts about mindfulness exercises that you can incorporate into your day.

A few times a day, especially when you feel like you need to change your state of mind, do a silly walk. For example: walking backwards, skipping or hopping on one foot. Observe your mood and how it changes after you do this.

In my experience, even if I'm in the middle of a very serious task, just going ahead and skipping for a few seconds or so will bring a slight smile to my face, and lighten the mood. It's almost involuntary. Walking like this changes our perspective momentarily, and allows us to take things a bit more lightly.

Source: How to Train a Wild Elephant & other adventures in mindfulness