Walking Meditation for Restless Meditators

When I rediscovered meditation in my 20s, I was restless. I felt there was no way that I could sit and clear my mind. Someone mentioned “The Miracle of Mindfulness”. I was intrigued. The book is by Thich Nhat Hanh. I was fascinated. This book offers moving meditations as well as sitting meditations. I love to walk so this was a good fit for me.

I began experimenting with the meditations.

Four steps inhale, four steps exhale. It began to work! My mind would settle, still wander, but settle. My body would begin to relax, ahhh. I could, at times, find myself totally involved with the breath, the steps. I was on my way.

I had a long walk from my parking lot to my office. I would count the length of the breath and the number of rounds…inhale 2, 3, 4; exhale 2, 3, 4 (1): inhale 2, 3, 4; exhale 2, 3, 4 (2): etc. I would arrive at my office, happy, refresh, focussed for the day! Of course it took time to maintain and I certainly didn’t do it perfectly, but I began to notice change. It inspired me to continue.

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