In between sessions of sitting meditation, we practice walking meditation. A small bell is invited, and we rise and bow to one another in recognition of the buddha nature of each person and in appreciation for the love and support of the sangha.
In walking meditation, we walk in a circle, not to get anywhere, but to be present with every step. We walk just for walking. We walk with freedom and solidity, no longer in a hurry. We take one step with each in-breath and each out-breath. Aware of the Sangha around us, we feel in harmony with the larger body. Everybody is moving together, slowly, and mindfully. We may also repeat a mantra with each breath/step, for example, “I have arrived, I am home.”
Each step is nourishing and healing. As we walk, imprint our gratitude and our love on the earth.
Walking in this way should not be a privilege. We should be able to do it in every moment. Look around and see how vast life is, the trees, the white clouds, the limitless sky. Listen to the birds. Feel the fresh breeze. Life is all around and we are alive and healthy and capable of walking in peace.