According to Thich Nhat Hanh, “The practice of mindful walking, is a profound and pleasurable way to deepen our connection with our body and the earth. We breathe, take a mindful step, and come back to our true home”.
Walking meditation is a technique that allows is to slow down and become more mindful of our steps and its connection to earth. As he also says, “suppose you are walking on a sacred place. Walk quietly and take each gentle step with reverence. The earth is sacred and we touch her with each step. We should be very respectful, because we are walking on our mother. If we walk like that, then every step will be grounding, every step will be nourishing”.
“I remember the first time I visited Thich Nhat Hanh Monastery in France and experienced his walking meditation technique. The technique is very obvious, simple and effective, yet very neglected, says Raghad Fathaddin, Founder &CEO. She also added, “What I loved the most about the walking meditation technique is that it allows us to not only connect with self, but start healing our relationship to earth. I believe that one of the main core reasons of our environmental crisis is our wounded and toxic relationship with earth. With mindful walking we can start repairing the relationship and strengthening it and hopefully start respecting mother earth once again. Once we do so, this will shift our mindset and our belief system hence our behaviors, in a manner that serves us and the planet equally. Not to mention, the technique is very simple and it can easily be adopted and integrated into our daily routines. Hence, I highly encourage you to try it out. Be patient with yourself and be intentional about the practice”.
“We can’t be grounded in our body if our mind is somewhere else. We each have a body that has been given us by the earth. This body is a wonder. In our daily lives, we may spend many hours forgetting the body. We get lost in our computer or in our worries, fear, or busyness. Walking meditation makes us whole again. Only when we are connected with our body are we truly alive. Healing is not possible without that connection. So walk and breathe in such a way that you can connect with your body deeply”.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Have you practiced walking meditation before? If so, share with us your experience, if not are you excited/interested to try?
To learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90Pzn6NK4VQ
Here is some affirmation to support your journey: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNPjDs5lXFe/?utm_medium=copy_link
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