Labyrinth Walk, Stittsville, Ontario
There are so many ways of walking and so many reasons to walk. We walked the Peace Park labyrinth morning and evening today. Often when I say sitting, I mean sitting meditation, and sometimes walking is walking meditation. A labyrinth is designed for walking meditation, although it certainly isn't the only place to do it, but it is a nice reminder of other ways to walk, other ways to be in a place, to practice being present. Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is a well-known proponent of walking meditation: "Walking brings the mind and body together. Only when mind and body are united are we truly in the here and the now. When we walk, we come home to ourselves." (from How to Walk by Thich Nhat Hanh, 2015).
Location: Rotary Peace Park, Stittsville, Ontario
Length: 1 km
Companion: Ani Samten
Date: 28 August, 2018
"When you walk, arrive with every step. That is walking meditation. There's nothing else to it." Thich Nhat Hanh
Sandra Cowan likes to walk on trails, paths, and city streets. She is based in southern Alberta, Canada, a visitor in the land of the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy).