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29.12.2014
I’ve discussed on this site why meditation is so important for living life in the moment.
I came in on the morning that Beatrice had been told that she had a very large mass in her chest that was occluding the air-supply to one lung and would soon spread to her other lung. I sat on her bed with  her and asked her what she was thinking about and what I could do to help her deal with the enormity of the new information. What struck me most about how she was sharing with me was that it all had to do with missing the moment-to-moment activities of life, the extraordinary nature of every day life. Since leaving work the previous day, I had been reflecting on Beatrice’s plight and on my own preoccupation with striving for better health, working for a living, spendng time with my family, and trying to live a good life. Ebook and two chapters from the book, Minding the Bedside: Nursing from the Heart of the Awakened Mind, on how to meditate. And of course, buy the book, Minding the Bedside: Nursing from the Heart of the Awakened Mind.
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In comparison with sitting meditation, we tend to just go with the motions and what we feel within ourselves is harder to pay attention to. With walking meditation, it can be taught and practiced by a yogi or other masters of meditation.
The exercise of walking meditation forces you to become aware of yourself and the movements your body makes while doing it. In this natural place, you can engage in the elements around to rejuvenate and replenish from the demands of life. I feel like I have literally had an awakening and am looking forward to living a more mindful, less anxious and fearful life.


From the moment I walked into the room I felt comfortable and happy and finally able to let the past go. Four months earlier, Beatrice had been diagnosed with renal-cell-carcinoma, a nasty and aggressive cancer with a poor prognosis.
She began to share all of the things that she was going to miss out on; two new grandchildren who were on their way, watching her children become parents, sharing her retirement-time with her husband, a planned trip to Europe.
She had triggered in me my own thoughts of loss, of the possibility that some day, earlier than I expected, something could take me from those who I love and all that I cherish in life.
It was a cool morning in Boulder, Colorado and I was in short-sleeved scrubs with the breeze sending tingling sensations up and down my arms.
I breathed deeply, taking it all in; the early-morning light and warmth of the sun, the cool breeze coming down the mountains, and the stillness of the day. The object of this practice is to use the simple act of walking as an opportunity to practice moment-to-moment awareness. Walking on the other hand, is often about moving about in the world,  going from one place to another.
While it was written by a Buddhist monk, it’s useful to anyone, regardless of your spiritual tradition. After all, how can someone who has chronic  pain or who lives in utter poverty experience life as extraordinary? He also has over thirty years in a variety of health-care settings and is a long-time practitioner in meditation, with an emphasis in the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism and Christian and Kabbalistic Contemplation.
It allows us to become mindful and aware of who we are, what we do, and how our bodies exist.
However, you can easily learn how to do it yourself with some simple exercises that once mastered can be done anytime you are in motion and walking from your house to your car, from the car to the supermarket, etc.
Metaphorically speaking, you are learning to become aware of yourself and how the energy of your body affects your environment and the people around you. Baranowsky just arrived at the top of Cape Split where you see the breathtaking views of the landscape.


Now I’d like to share a personal story on why using meditation and meditative awareness as a life-skill is so vital to living a full life. Well, as it turns out, excluding extreme circumstances like torture or violence, life can be quite extraordinary, even if you’re ill and dying. Meditation and moment-to-moment awareness, meditative awareness, bring to life all that is extraordinary. It gives us an easy point of focus and depending on how aware we are it can be an intense experience. More importantly, you are also learning to be mindful of yourself and how you take care of it.
We aren’t trying to get anywhere, rather simply being fully aware and with each step, no longer in a hurry but relaxed and calm. What if you use walking (and all of the “mundane” activities in your life) as an opportunity to awake to the present moment? What we believe will make us happy, money, cars, a good job, a happy relationship, actually may distract us from the most precious thing that we have…time! If you have a lot of energy or are in a good mood, you will feel yourself standing tall and upright. Once you have mastered this meditation you will be able to be aware of your movements you make without thinking about when to think about them. The purpose of just standing before walking is that it warms you up to being awareness with how you balance yourself and how that can metaphorically be applied to your daily life. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.



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