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.