Although she'd never been instructed in "formal" walking practice, she obviously hadn't needed it. Linda was experienced in meditation, and she had been an aerobics instructor for years. This woman knew how to bring her full attention into her body -- and ZAP! She was there!
As she spoke of her upright posture feeling regal, and the walking itself feeling sacred, I thought, "Zen Mind, Beginners Mind. I love it when this happens. "
I'd experience that same glow, the look of wonder in a person's eyes back at Community Yoga and Wellness Center a few years ago. After a brief instruction in South Asian slow-walking meditation, she and I walked slowly across the polished wooden floors of the studio for about ten minutes. That's all it took.
The same glow, that look of wonder in her eyes. A shift in consciousness had occurred. At that moment, she was Present to Life in a fuller and more complete way.
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 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 As It Is each moment remains beneath the level of consciousness.
The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. We don't have to sleepwalk through our lives. We each have the ability to awaken. It can happen with the very next step.