This is really it in a nutshell, to live our spiritual lives most
effectively and efficiently we simply need to live our lives from our heart,
we simply need to get closer to meditating 24 hours a day.
is not talking but walking that will bring us to heaven
- Matthew Henry
This doesn't mean we are in a
trance state the whole time, barely conscious of the outside world. No
rather, it means, that we become more and more conscious of the heaven of
the heart that
we are in all the time (without knowing it) and less conscious of the hell
(of our unruly minds) that we can so easily
A walking meditation is
where we begin.
If you want to know if your brain is flabby,
feel your legs. - Bruce Barton
Exercise 15 - Bushwalk meditation
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Prepare for your meditation as usual
The aim of this exercise is to change the habitual way we
have walked in the past, and lift the habit into a meditation. A habit that
will require no thought, we will just automatically and effortlessly slip
into a meditation every time we walk.
So while you read this, imagine you are walking,
or download the
exercise to your ipod or create a CD for yourself to use anytime.
Please imagine yourself walking along a forest path, it's warm and the
fragrances are fresh and inspiring. The sunlight is filtering its way
through the leaves and the sounds of the birds are gently dancing in your
ears. As you walk just allow yourself to feel the rhythm of your movement.
Notice each breath. The rise
and fall of your chest with the inflow and outflow of air.
As you walk feel more and more that you are making no effort.
you are being powered by nature itself. As though there is a force that is
feeding every leaf, every flower, every bird and that same force is powering
you in your walking. Begin to feel that you are not separate from the forest
but rather you are
the part of the forest that walks.
After a time I would like you to imagine
that you are not walking at all. I would like you to imagine that you are a
like a large drop of water hovering across the earth. And as you move little
droplets of you are falling to the earth and moistening and enlivening and feeding the forest all around you. The plants and flowers around you are
reaching towards you to be nourished by your moisture, your energy, your
Then please feel that you are not water but loving energy and you are radiating it
into the forest. As you radiate love into the forest, you will automatically
notice that you are also opening up your receptivity to the love that
the forest is radiating unconditionally and always to all. Take a moment
to really feel this. You might spend 5-10 minutes doing this or longer.
You might then just play with the feeling of
you the walker radiating love into the forest and then in the next
moment feel that you are the part of the forest that radiates love.
Spend some more time with that awareness and remember that you can
deepen your awareness at any moment in your life.
15th class you will have;
thought about incorporating
meditation into your everyday actions
begun a habit
of walking meditation
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