REFLECTION– 4 –
Walking meditation can be seen as a model of how we journey through our lives. We could travel along, lost in repetitive negative thought patterns or major addictions to plotting and planning. We could clump along, mindless of the fact that we are affecting the lives of countless numbers of beings in myriad dimensions. Alternatively, we could walk through life with vivid curiosity and a spirit of spontaneous generosity which freely attends to everything and everyone that we meet. We could walk with compassion and caring – a radiance of beauty and well-being blossoming in each step. Today there is so much suffering in the world and such an immense need for all of us to walk in love and compassion and appreciation. This would surely be a great aspiration, to tread each step of our life journey with deepening understanding, with sensitivity and even tenderness. Let’s walk this way…
HEALING FOR ALL BEINGS
As you walk with the four supports*, imagine your feet are as sensitive as your hands so that with each step, you can touch the earth with deep caring, with love, with compassion, with joy and with serenity. Each step is a seed from which blossoms a flower of peace. I remember in the 1960s and ’70s there were many ‘protest marches’. The ‘protest’ seemed to support confrontation and the ‘march’ part paralleled the military. We were out to confront the enemy. Later there came to be peace walks where people would show their solidarity and desire for peace by moving together in a mass demonstration. Today we need to take this even further, not just walking for peace, not walking against war, but walking so that our very walking itself is peace making, peaceful for each walker, for the earth and, through our interconnectedness, for all beings.
When you are walking in peace and deep appreciation, realise that there are people all over the world who are also walking this way. As you place your foot, imagine that the earth is like a huge bell or drum and with each step you send a great sound, a bell of remembering or a drum beat of reminding, which vibrates throughout the earth calling everyone to walk the path of understanding and love. At the same time, imagine your foot is like an ear, feeling/hearing the sound of other people sounding the drum of remembering, calling you to blossom in every wonderful way that you can.The world is a single beautiful sphere, whirling around a star. As you walk, imagine walkers all over the world, walking together, doing this work of awakening for the sake of beings who went before us, for beings yet to come, and for the beings who are moving together today. Imagine a dandelion seed head with the seeds sticking out in all directions only now we have a planet with people sticking out in all directions, seeds of wisdom and compassion growing for the benefit of all.
by Tarchin Hearn
*The four supports of “Walking in Wisdom” practice are:
radiant pleasure pervading your being; enlivening, stimulating, the twinkle in your eye, the delight in your step. It pleasures you and all beings.
the intimacy of living embodiment; the continual rhythm and pulsation of being alive; supported by and simultaneously supporting the photosynthesising world of green plants.
Awareness of physical movement:
the bliss of balance, the pleasure of bodily wisdom moving effortlessly in the world.
Appreciation of the countless other beings who share their universes with us,
as we share ours with them; fields of responsiveness, realms interpenetrating realms without end.
by Tarchin Hearn
(from: Walking in Wisdom @ http://www.greendharmatreasury.org)