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Walking Meditation – poem by Thich Nhat Hanh


Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.
Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.
Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.
Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.


(from “Call me by My True Names  – The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh”, Parallax Press, 2005.)

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  • When I am lost in anxiety, I remember to kiss the earth with my feet. I walk a lot, so there are thousands of opportunities to recenter myself every day. Thank-you dear Thay and dear Sangha, for this simple and lasting practice.

  • I would love to share this poem on Facebook! It’s so beautiful and needs to be seen by many…💖 Gratefully yours!!!

  • I have done so much damage from not being mindful enough, or I have already done the damage,(like I had been in a dream state). And see the damage year’s later. I live unable to forgive myself, why could I not commit to reality. And still cannot. I have been forgiven or told I had no choice. I had, just did not make right one.I have being trying to find a spiritual path for a long long time. my niece who had been in pĺum village gave me the book “Love in war. Hope that’s right name. Only recently, talking with same niece I find out you are all alive and pĺum village really exists in France and thic nan is 96. And sister ( the author) so sorry I am really bad with names. I loved her and was what I felt the real me had always aspired to, maybe a less able, but that direction. I watched the war you all lived. And you are alive and real and in France. I am staying with a friend in cote d’Azur, the other side of France. Doubt if we will get down this time. I will get down asap. I was overjoyed to hear you are all safe and well. my love to you x

  • My being in each present moment with consciousness is my biggest challenge. This poem reminds me that each step is each moment. My wandering “monkey mind” tugs on me to swing this way and that. Finding that quiet chamber in my mind requires an inward journey without distraction. I start again and again…with one step and then another

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    What is Mindfulness

    Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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