Walking is Peace - Oakland (April 15)
Apr 15, 2012
from 06:00 PM to 06:45 PM
|Where||Oakland, Lake Merritt - gather in the parking lot in front of "Children's Fairyland"|
|Contact Name||Wake Up California Team|
Everyone is welcome to this public event and there's no registration required...Please bring friends, family, and any others you meet along the way!
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"Walking is Peace"
Come and join Buddhist monks, nuns and experienced mediators together with an eclectic mix of strangers for 45 minutes of silent walking in mindfulness, enjoying every step we make on this precious Earth.
We touch and offer peace and togetherness in public spaces. We come together not to demand peace, or justice, or anything else, but to celebrate our very real capacity to generate peace, already, in the here and now. This is the peace we offer to our cities and to the world. The world is thirsty for peace, and we can contribute it. Generating peace and love in our hearts gives us the clarity and energy we need in order to act wisely and skilfully to improve the situation - in our relationships, our society and the world.
There is no walking for peace, walking is peace.
We do not walk alone! Here is a link to a short video from 2007 when our Teacher lead a walk in MacArthur Park, LA. Our Teacher will lead events and retreats in the UK when we are on this Wake Up Tour.
Introduction to Walking is Peace
Walking meditation can be very enjoyable. We walk slowly and silently. Walking meditation is to enjoy the walking - walking not in order to arrive, just for walking.
The purpose is to be in the present moment and enjoy each step you make. Therefore you have to shake off all worries and anxieties, not thinking of the future, not thinking of the past, just enjoying the present moment. We walk all the time, but usually it is more like running. Our hurried steps print anxiety and sorrow on the Earth. If we can take one step in peace, we can take two, three, four, and then five steps for the peace and happiness of humankind.
When we practice walking meditation, we bring our awareness into our body, to our feet stepping on the earth, and to our natural breath, in and out. We relax, enjoying this moment of walking as a free person, and allow the many wonders of life around us to bring us deep happiness.