I used to trip and stumble a lot while I was running, either on an easy trail in a local park or during a mountain race. After many years of blaming my technique or weak ankles, I began thinking back to the biggest falls I had had... And I realized that whenever my mind was far away, I wouldn’t notice that tree root. I would fail to see that protruding rock or I would miss a hole on the trail... You can imagine the rest. I have the scars on my knees to prove it.
Once I began applying the principles of walking meditation to my hikes and, especially, my trail runs, I stopped falling. I found stability and became more agile. In turn, my mind let go of the nagging thoughts that used to distract me on the trail. I can finally reap the benefits of exercising mindfully.