And now, some inspirational words from one of my favorite inspirers…
Walking meditation means to enjoy walking without any intention to arrive. We don’t need to arrive anywhere. We just walk. We enjoy walking. That means walking is already stopping, and that needs some training. Usually in our daily life we walk because we want to go somewhere. Walking is only a means to an end, and that is why we do not enjoy every step we take. Walking meditation is different. Walking is only for walking. You enjoy every step you take. So this is a kind of revolution in walking. You allow yourself to enjoy every step you take.
The Zen master Ling Chi said that the miracle is not to walk on burning charcoal or in the thin air or on the water; the miracle is just to walk on earth. You breathe in. You become aware of the fact that you are alive. You are still alive and you are walking on this beautiful planet. That is already performing a miracle. The greatest of all miracles is to be alive. We have to awaken ourselves to the truth that we are here, alive. We are here making steps on this beautiful planet. This is already performing a miracle. But we have to be here in order for the miracle to be possible. We have to bring ourselves back to the here and the now.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, For more, visit Resting in the River.
I took a walk yesterday with no destination in mind – only to seek the mindfulness of spring color. As I weaved and bobbed through the streets of my neighborhood, I allowed myself to change course whenever an emerging hue of color enticed me into a new direction. Fuzzy, fiery, dabbles of fill and spill, explosive bursts of silken softness persuading my perception and arresting my ambulation. Oh, to be – in the moment!
Spring in Chicago means mother nature is at work. Dabbing the drab city canvas with dots and spots, buds and blossoms; filling in the background and the black ground with sprouts and blooms of spectacular high definition color. This is my favorite season to walk upon this beautiful planet!
Dear Mr. Hanh, thank you for the awakening – I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the wonder of it all!