Dear Spirit to Spirit friend,
At the last One Meditation Day of Practice on June 13th, Cynthia Jurs (her website) was our guest teacher and offered this beautiful teaching and practice in walking meditation (access the recording here).
She presented a "gatha". Wikipedia describes gatha: "In contemporary Buddhist practice as popularized (and derived from the Zen and Theravādin traditions) by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, a gatha is a verse recited (usually mentally, not aloud) in rhythm with the breath as part of mindfulness practice, either in daily life, or as part of meditation or meditative study."
From Thich Nhat Hanh... a beautiful gatha for mindfulness practice.
"The mind can go in a million directions
but on this path I walk in peace.
With each step, a gentle wind blows.
With each step, a lotus blooms."
Simple yet profound guidance. In meditation, to simply walk or sit, "going without arriving", not looking to get to any particular meditative state. In life, to walk gently, stepping so softly and mindfully on the earth that the lotus- the heart of awakening- opens.
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In Gratitude & Love, Joanna