Daniel Mai

Mindful Walking

A voicemail question:

Where do you look when you walk?

It depends on what I’m feeling while I walk.

If I’m feeling rushed and need to be somewhere quickly, then I’ll keep my head up, look straight, and power walk away. I need to pay attention to my surroundings because I don’t want to bump into anything (I’ve walked into poles before, embarrassingly).

If I want to stare at people around the area I’ll look in their direction. Maybe there’s some event happening or they’re doing something interesting that grabs my attention. Curiosity gets the best of me.

If I’m feeling down I’ll walk slowly I’ll find comfort in looking at the ground churning on thoughts in my mind. Sometimes I try looking up into the sky too, looking at the slow movement of the clouds if there are any, but mental feeling is different than having my head down. The sky is untouchable, unlike the ground.

Most of the time, I try to look straight ahead and avoid eye contact with any strangers along the way.