Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thich Nhat Hanh: "Walking Meditation"

Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.

Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.

Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.

Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.

"Walking Meditation" by Thich Nhat Hanh, from Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh. © Parallax Press, 1999.  

Art credit: "Monks Passing Vietnam’s Pongua Falls," photograph by Lilly Calandrello, taken March 26, 2012 (originally color).


  1. Hello there,nice to see your post with walking meditation.I have some words to share.So as a matter of first importance,keep in consideration in the soles of your feet,being mindful of the rotating patterns of contact and discharge;being mindful of your foot as the heel first reaches, as your foot moves forward onto the ball, and after that lifts and goes through the air.Be mindful of all the distinctive sensations in your feet,not only a contact in the soles of your feet however the contact between the toes,the inclination of within your shoes,the fabric of your socks, and let your feet be as loose as possible.Get to be mindful of your ankles.Notice the characteristics of the sensations in those joints –as your foot is on the ground,as your foot goes through the air.Good day.~Renee Lawson.

  2. Thanks sharing. Walking meditation not only help us be mindful all day while also increase our wisdom. Recently, I met a guru who practice for over 30years, he is Venerable Vimokkha and did share his teaching in MP3 files in my blog. Feel free download this free meditation teaching in MP3 at:


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