With every step, a flower blooms

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azalea bud by forest trail

In our weekly mindfulness meditation group, I’ll focus this week on walking meditations, which I experienced in abundance at a retreat with Thich Nhat Hahn many years ago. Hundreds of us walked slowly, silently with Thich Nhat Hahn and his community around the campus of Stonehill College. There’s a gatha, or poem, you can recite in your mind to make … Read More

Pedaling Fast, Expressing into Nature

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It’s a gorgeous time of year to ride a bike on nature trails, golden leaves shining. After heavy rains this last week, also a challenging time to ride a bike on nature trails. On my usual path, two trees fell across each other creating a narrow passage that I had to duck down low to pass through. Over the usual … Read More

There goes the man with the stick

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shadow in front of pond with stick

I’m searching for the name for the feeling, when you learn you’ve been admired and anticipated for your daily routines…and had no idea they were even being observed. I was down at Mann’s Pond last week with my staff, as I often am, practicing the sword movements that connect me with abundant nature. (Diamond 8 Cut in Shintaido). A young … Read More

Walking meditation

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From a retreat I went to many years ago with mindfulness pioneer and Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn, this walking meditation: The mind can travel in a thousand directionsbut on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With every step, a gentle wind blowsWith every step, a flower blooms.