In the here and now. Mindful hiking.
The diversity of hiking! Experience the moment. Feel the nature. Find relaxation beyond the pressure to perform. 5 tips for mindful hiking in Kleinwalsertal: Step by step in the here and now.
The journey is the goal. That’s easy to say. But let's be honest: Often, when we're hiking, our focus is on reaching the summit. "The signpost said three hours? We can do it faster." Our gaze is fixed on the destination, whether it's the hut or the summit. The altitude meters and kilometers that we can boast about afterwards. And for that, we can occasionally push our own limits of what's possible. Once you've achieved it, there's time for everything else. Taking a breath. Enjoying the view. Being in the moment. Although... maybe the focus is already on the way back? Trying to get back down as quickly as possible and directly.
Do you feel caught? No? Well then, congratulations! You belong to the more conscious hikers among us.
Yes? Then you're certainly not alone.
5 Tips for Mindful Hiking in Kleinwalsertal
1. The Right Route: Not every route is equally suitable for mindful hiking. The regenerative trails of the "Walser Omgang" offer a great opportunity – just right for feeling, seeing, and discovering.
2. Embracing New Slowness: Mindful hiking is no longer about reaching a destination; it's about the process of walking itself. Take slow steps in between. Don't always walk at the same speed. Be conscious and move at a reduced pace, feeling the movements of your body.
3. Let Your Gaze Wander: Often, our gaze is directed forward. Shift your attention to nearby details, but also let your gaze glide into the distance or find small details along the path. Don't actively seek extraordinary things; simply observe what naturally appears in your field of view.
4. Let Thoughts Be: Don't pressure yourself to think of nothing. Thoughts will come and go – that's completely normal. Instead of getting carried away by them, regard them like clouds passing by. Gently bring your attention back to walking or standing.
Think you'll find it difficult to implement these recommendations? Then try our final tip. This playful technique can help shift your focus away from thoughts and toward sensory perception.
5. The 5-4-3-2-1 Mindfulness Technique for Conscious Hiking: This playful technique grounds you in your senses:
- What are 5 things you can see? Observe your surroundings. Find five things that particularly fascinate YOU (sky, ground, animals, etc.).
- What are 4 things you can touch? Feel the warm ground and the sun. Touch rocks, bark, moss – feel the surfaces.
- What are 3 things you can hear? Close your eyes and listen to bird song, rustling leaves, voices, or animal sounds. Let the sounds affect you.
- What are 2 things you can smell? Take deep breaths in and out, smell the scents of nature. Grasp the aromas in the air.
- What's one thing you can taste? Take a sip of your water. Take a bite of your snack. How does a small bite taste? Is it sweet, sour, salty, or bitter? Hard or soft?