Upcoming Walks-Beautiful Botanic Gardens Belfast.

Dear friends, this second week of September and Autumn we will meet on the morning of Monday September 8th at 10am  and lunch time Wednesday 10th at 1pm when we return to the beautiful Botanic Gardens for a peaceful walk amongst the flower boarders and trees. We will meet at the front of the Palm House.

Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the outdoors! Although the forecast is SUNNY!

When we practice Mindful Walking we are meditating together. We walk slowly as a group, following our guide. We choose to walk in silence. The silence can be nourishing. We come back to our bodies, our footsteps, our breath and we smile. Smiling to each other, smiling to the river, smiling to the birdsong, smiling to Mother Earth.

Part of our inspiration is Thich nhat Hanh a Zen Buddhist monk. This short video with ‘Thay’ describes the joy of Walking on the Earth.

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness can be described as the energy of being aware of what is going on in us and around us. When we live with mindfulness, we have the capacity to touch life deeply, whether we are talking, taking our cup of tea, or walking.

“I have arrived. I am home” – These two lines are the essence of the practice of mindfulness. It is the practice of dwelling happily in the present moment. We are no longer grasping at the future, regretting the past or being swept by our feelings of despair and anger. We have arrived at our true home, our true self, no longer seeking to be something else.

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Hello my nervousness. I will take care of you.

The practice of mindfulness has many definitions. One definition I find useful is the following:

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose,
in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

John Kabat Zinn

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The practice encourages us to become aware of our feelings, our emotions and physical sensations even when these are uncomfortable or not pleasant to be with. On most occasions as I facilitate the mindful walks and I prepare to introduce myself to the group and to introduce the practice to the group I become aware of nervousness and feelings of apprehension, fear and unease. As I lead the walk I can have feelings of insecurity…am I walking too slow or too fast? Is this walk to long or too short? Will those who have joined the walk enjoy it or are they just bored?

The practice encourages us to acknowledge our feelings as they arise. So for myself on these occasions I try to become aware of my unease, to become aware of my nervousness and my insecurity. The practice of mindfulness encourages us to look at how a mother deals with her young baby who is crying and upset. With tenderness and compassion the mother picks up her baby who is crying and holds it close to her. She as a mother has an instinct to know what is wrong with her child. Maybe the child is hungry, maybe the child needs to have her nappy changed; perhaps the child’s nappy is too tight and needs to be loosened. The mother picks up her child and with great tenderness and love brings her full attention to her upset child. When the child receives this loving kindness from her mother she stops crying and is comforted due to the compassion and tenderness  she receives. This is what the practice of mindfulness encourages us to do with our strong feelings, emotions and physical sensations. So when I can remember I bring my full attention and concentration to my feeling of nervousness. I come back to my in breath and to my out breath. I say “hello my dear nervousness, I see you are here. I will take good care of you.” I breathe in saying “hello my dear nervousness”, I breath out saying “I will take care of you my nervousness”.

As we begin to walk I practice with this feeling of nervousness and unease. I take my feelings with me on the walk. I hold them close to me with tenderness and compassion and look after them. After a few minutes of practicing like this I can get relief. I am no longer suffering from negative feelings and emotions. Just like the baby gets relief from his discomfort due to the attention of his mother.

The practice of mindfulness encourages us to practice with our joy and our happiness but also with our suffering. The practice is to take good care of our suffering and to be with it, to breathe with it and smile to it, then naturally this leads to our suffering being transformed.

“The miracle is not to walk on the water; the miracle is to walk on mother earth.”

Thich Nhat Hanh.