Med­i­ta­tion by Walk­ing

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The mind can go in a thou­sand di­rec­tions. But on this beau­ti­ful path, I walk in peace. With each step, a gen­tle wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.

Walk­ing med­i­ta­tion can be very en­joy­able. We walk slowly, alone or with friends, if pos­si­ble, in some beau­ti­ful place. Walk­ing med­i­ta­tion is re­ally to en­joy the walk­ing — walk­ing not in or­der to ar­rive, just for walk­ing. The pur­pose is to be in the present mo­ment and en­joy each step. There­fore, you have to shake off all wor­ries and anx­i­eties, not think­ing of the fu­ture, not think­ing of the past, just en­joy­ing the present mo­ment.

You can take the hand of a child as you walk, as if you are the hap­pi­est per­son on Earth. We walk all the time, but usu­ally it is more like run­ning. Our hur­ried steps print anx­i­ety and sor­row on the Earth. If we can take one step in peace, we can take two, three, four, and then five steps for the peace and hap­pi­ness of hu­mankind.

Our mind darts from one thing to another, like a mon­key swing­ing from branch to branch with­out stop­ping to rest. Thoughts have mil­lions of path­ways, and we are for­ever pulled along them into the world of for­get­ful­ness.

If we can trans­form our walk­ing path into a field for med­i­ta­tion, our feet will take ev­ery step in full aware­ness. Our breath­ing will be in har­mony with our steps, and our mind will nat­u­rally be at ease. Ev­ery step we take will re­in­force our peace and joy and cause a stream of calm en­ergy to flow through us. The we can say, “With each step, a gen­tle wind blows.”

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