Walking Meditation


Meditating is great, it relaxes the mind and the body, eases stress, allows us to live in the moment.
There are many ways of meditating. From sitting on the curb drinking a cup of tea, watching the world go by to lying in bed listening to a guided meditation.
None is better than another. The important thing is to find what meditation suits you.

I love walking meditation. Walking meditation is nothing more than walking mindfully.
Being aware of each step I take. Stopping to connect to my environment with all my senses, smelling flowers, looking at the sky, feel the ground supporting my feet, touching a tree.
In my mind I will imagine that I am out and about for the very first time in my life, and everything I encounter is being encountered by me for the very first time.
Most of the time when involved in walking meditation, I walk at a very slow and mindful pace. Sometimes I might pick up the pace, seeing how my feet lift, move forward and go down. Being mindful of the strength my body has, to provide me with the ability to carry on forward.
In general, walking meditation is a place somewhere between utter childlike fun and mystic experience.
There are no prerequisites, you can start right now, just walk out that door and experience your environment.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a buddhist monk who has written a lot about mindfulness, he wrote the following poem on walking meditation:

Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.

Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.

Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.

Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.

Why not give walking meditation a go?
Let me know how you get on.


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