“Walking meditation is meditation while walking. We walk slowly, in a relaxed way, keeping a light smile on our lips. When we practice this way, we feel deeply at ease, and our steps are those of the most secure person on Earth. All our sorrows and anxieties drop away, and peace and joy fill our hearts. Anyone can do it. It takes only a little time, a little mindfulness and the wish to be happy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
I’ve just finished reading the book, Walking Meditation by Nguyen Anh-Huong and Thich Nhat Hanh. It’s a guide to help one meditate while sitting in a quiet room or walking on a busy city street. The idea appeals to me very much because it’s always been difficult for me to sit quietly in a room, but I often enjoy going on long walks and always feel better afterwards.
The idea also appeals to me because I think that a walking meditation would be the ultimate commute: calorie-burning and inner peace? All squeezed in to the part of the day that’s usually reserved for crowded busses, train and traffic? Well I’m going to give this a try…just as soon as it stops raining…and warms up a bit.
“If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive. It is only when you realize that peace and happiness are available here in the present moment that you will be able to relax. In daily life, there is so much to do and so little time. You may feel pressured to run all the time. Just stop! Touch the ground of the present moment deeply, and you will touch real peace and joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh