It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
— Wendell Berry (“The Real Work”) from Standing by Words: Essays
One of the best tools for longevity and good health is not just taking a walk outdoors but taking a walk while holding the hand of God. When we walk in gratitude for each and every moment, we empower ourselves by empowering our spirits. When we breathe in nature through our eyes, ears and lips, we become certain that not only are our souls eternal, but that God knows how to manage our lives, our troubles, our worries and our days better than we do. So today and everyday “let go and let God.
— Philosophy Pure Grace
Not everyone is able to walk, but most people can, which makes walking one of the most easily available spiritual practices of all. All it takes is the decision to walk with some awareness, both of who you are and what you are doing. Where you are going is not important.
— Barbara Brown Taylor from An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith
In walking meditation, our bodies themselves teach us the value of attentiveness to the present moment. When we slow down our walking, we may make some important connections. Letting our weight linger on the back foot when we should have our balance completely on the front one might remind us of what it feels like to cling to past resentments and regrets. On the other hand, if we think primarily of the next step rather than the one we are on, we will miss the satisfaction of being totally in balance on one foot. How often we do that with time itself, as we rush through our days without pausing to savor the goodness of the life God has given us. “Take time!” walking meditation tells us. Enjoy the rhythm of life intended for human nature, in which each moment is to be savored. “Now” is a holy word; it is in the present moment, no matter what its content of grief or joy, that God is found.
― Nancy Roth in Spiritual Exercises: Joining Body and Spirit in Prayer
We walk all the time, but usually it is more like running. When we walk like that, we print anxiety and sorrow on the Earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on Earth. Every one of us can do that provided that we want it very much. Any child can do that. If we can take one step like that, we can take two, three, four, and five. When we are able to take one step peacefully, happily, we are for the cause of peace and happiness for the whole of humankind. Walking meditation is a wonderful practice.
― Thich Nhat Hanh in from Being Peace
What I recommend for people who truly seek insights is to talk a walk. Just walk with strong intent for twenty miles, and go home. Then watch. The great insights will start coming; it has to do with walking.
― Joseph Rael from House of Shattering Light: Life as an American Indian Mystic
Walking inspires and promotes conversation that is grounded in the body, and so it gives the soul a place where it can thrive. I think I could write an interesting memoir of significant walks I have taken with others, in which intimacy was not only experienced but set fondly into the landscape of memory.
― Thomas Moore from Soul Mates
For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was both protest and prayer. Legs are not lips and waiting is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs praying.
― Abraham Joshua Heschel from Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, I was really going in.
― John Muir from Surprises around the Bend: 50 Adventurous Walkers
One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.
― Osho from Zarathustra: The Laughing Prophet
It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
- Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
- The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation
- Surprises Around The Bend
- The Direct Path
- Healing Walks for Hard Times: Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Get Your Life Back
- Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino