The Silent Walk: A New Meditation Trend for Mental Health


| LAST UPDATE 10/09/2023

By Amelia Taylor
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Influencer Mady Maio has penned a new meditation experienced called silent walking. She was hesitant at first but quickly realized the benefits. Without the distraction of music or podcasts, she could focus on her breath and surroundings, and she soon felt a sense of calm and clarity.

Maio recently posted a video about discovering the benefits of silent walks. She describes how her boyfriend challenged her to walk without distractions, such as AirPods, podcasts, or music. At first, Maio was hesitant. "I was like, 'My anxiety could never,'" she said in the video. But Maio decided to give it a try. The first two minutes of Maio's walk were "mayhem," but then she got into a groove. She noticed that her brain entered a "flow state" where everything was quiet. Walking without audio distractions made Maio hear her thoughts and feel more inspired. "If you are never alone with your thoughts and you never get quiet, you're going to miss the whispers," she said in the video. "Suddenly, all these thoughts are flowing into me because I'm giving them space to enter."

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Some viewers of Maio's video were positive, while others couldn't believe that walking without headphones was so strange for some TikTok users. But regardless of the reaction, Maio's video is a reminder that there are benefits to taking some time to unplug and simply be present with your thoughts. Silent walking is a blend of meditation and exercise that has become a new wellness obsession on TikTok. It is a simple practice that involves walking without any distractions, allowing you to focus on the present moment and connect with yourself and your surroundings. While silent walking is a relatively new trend, it is rooted in the ancient practice of mindfulness. 

Research has shown that silent walking has several benefits for mental health. It can help to reduce tension and apprehension, enhance mood and creativity, and boost cognitive function. Quiet walking can also help improve your sleep quality and lessen signs of unhappiness. If you are new to silent walking, it is best to start with short walks and slowly build up the length and duration of your walks. You can find quiet places to walk in your neighborhood or head to a park or nature trail.

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