"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, Resting in the River
Walking Meditation: Quotes, Bibliography, Links, Information, Methods
"Walking meditation is walking in
full awareness of breath, body and everything the senses present. It is
not an aerobic exercise - though it would be a fine lead-in to aerobic
walking. Rather, walking meditation is done slowly and consciously,
with each step fully feeling the earth. During this precious time, body
and mind come together, joined in the present moment. Although the
benefits of walking meditation will deepen over time, even from the
start, you can experience some measure of the relaxation, balance and
quiet energy that builds through this practice."
- Ginny Whitelaw, Body Learning, p. 55.
"Research conducted at Harvard
Medical School’s Mind/Body Medical Institute has found that focused
walking meditations are highly effective for reducing anxiety and
producing what’s called the “relaxation response.”
- Borgess Health
The Ways of Walking