"Every path, every street in the world is your walking meditation path."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
After sharing a few words about the various forms of meditation (it's not Just Sitting after all), I introduced the South Asian "slow motion" walking meditation I had learned it when I was in residence at Insight Meditation Society years ago. Then we took a stroll across the glistening wooden floors of the studio at Community Yoga from one wall to the other, turned, and returned.
It only took a few minutes.
In a couple of instances, I then had the privilege of seeing a childlike sense of wonder emerge in a person who had just experienced, at least for a moment or two, "Beginner's Mind." Meeting their eyes, it was obvious. During the course of this relatively brief walk, they had been Present to Life in a fuller and more complete way than usual.
I love it when that happens.
Walking and Waking Up
In a materialistic society that stresses speed, production, and the accumulation of goods and status, we have been conditioned to scurry and stagger ahead without being fully aware of the present moment. Distracted, lost in our thoughts much of the time, the miraculous sea of sensations and energies that constitute Life each moment remain beneath the level of consciousness.
The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. We each have the ability to awaken. It can happen with the very next step.