Friday, August 30, 2019

Walking Practice


In my last post I talked about how my meditation schedule has changed in the mornings.  I thought I might share what I'm actually practicing.  Previously I would typically wake up and:
  • Recite the Five Recollections
  • Begin a silent meditation for 30 minutes during which I would...
    • Start with concentration meditation briefly, then...
    • Move in to an open awareness practice, followed by wrapping up with....
    • A quick Metta Bomb (one of my favorites taken from Pablo Das) practice at the end.
Since the new schedule has been in place, I have less time for the silent sit, and more time for doing practice while I walk, which I've always enjoyed doing.  So now the practice morning looks like this:
  • Walking Meditation begins with...
    • The Five Recollections, followed by...
    • 24 Brand New Hours by Thich Nhat Hanh recitation
    • Breath Awareness for a bit, then...
    • Walking with my Ancestors practice from TNH, followed by....
    • Mindful Walking for a bit, and finally...
    • Metta or some other heart practice, then just before work I do...
  • Silent Sitting practice that is just open awareness the whole time.
Though I am rooted in Theravada Buddhism, I first encountered Buddhism (and walking meditation) through Thich Nhat Hanh and I still enjoy some of those practices today.  My walking practice, the recollections, the 24 hours bit,  and the ancestor stuff are all from TNH and they're lovely to do.  I recommend them for anyone regardless of what tradition you call home.



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