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A Guide to Walking Meditation

At the entrance of the walking meditation path of a Zen temple in Vietnam, a large stone is carved with these words: "With each step, a breeze will rise." The breeze is the peace and joy that blow away the heat of sorrow. When you walk this way, you do it for yourself and for all beings.

A long title for such a short book. This book can easily be slipped into a pocket when you are going for a walk, as the cover is the size and shape of a postcard. Walking meditation is about being in the moment, not thinking about the past or future, and letting the contact of your feet with the Earth bring you peace. I read it on the train to work this morning. I will leave a trail of imaginary flowers on my way back to Sheffield station after work today, because out of all the themes for walking meditation in this book, my favourite is this one:

When the baby Buddha was born, he took seven steps, and a lotus flower appeared under each step. When you practice walking meditation, you can do the same. Visualize a lotus, a tulip or a gardenia blooming under each step the moment your foot touches the ground. If you practice beautifully like this, your friends will see fields of flowers everywhere you walk.

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