Walking Is a Very Effective Form of Meditation
Thich Nhat Hanh, an 82 year-old monk believes in the practice of mindful walking, and will lead a meditative walk.
"Each step you take is in the here and the now. Combine your breath with your step, see the blue of the sky, the green of the grass, appreciate the colours of the flowers and hear the sweet birdsong... acknowledge and enjoy the miracle that is nature,'' says Thay.
He adds that walking can be a fine form of meditation. "Leave the past behind with every step you take forward. You are no longer a victim of sorrow and regret or fear and uncertainty. Walk confidently in the present without worrying about being stuck in the past or sucked into the future,'' suggests Thay.
The practice of walking silently is about freedom and solidity. "We are present with each step. And, when we wish to talk, we stop our movement and give full attention to the other person, to our words and to listening.'' But, before you think walking together for peace is a protest or a demonstration, Thay explains, "The collective energy of a group ensures each step is solid and free. There is no protest here, no banners... just a powerful, noble silence that urges you to rejoice at the miracle of life. Every step on this earth is a miracle, every step in meditation leads to health and happiness. And when people of different faiths enjoy the process of walking together without any agenda, that, in itself, is a great offering.''