The key to my sanity, when life gets overwhelming, is my morning walking meditation. I consider it to be a sacred time that no one else can mess with. Meditation opens up my creativity, helps me focus, and guides me along my path in life.
“If you will but aspire
You will attain to all that you desire.
Before an atom of such need the Sun
Seems dim and mirky by comparison.
It is life’s strength, the wings by which we fly
Beyond the further reaches of the sky.”
― Farid Al-Din Attar, The Conference of the Birds
Meditating doesn’t mean you have to plant yourself in a lotus position and sit on your butt contemplating your navel. That’s not always easy when you’re over 50. It takes many forms. My philosophy:
Do what works best for you.
I sit on my butt way too much when I’m working at the computer and my butt isn’t built for sitting in one spot because I squirm. Walking in nature is more up my alley. I’m fortunate to live up in the rocks, in what I call rural Los Angeles. We’re 1200 feet above the San Fernando Valley and have a spectacular view.
I take my puppies out first so they can do their business. Being up in the hills means we live among the coyotes so they can’t be out by themselves. After we get back, and they have breakfast, I go walking on my own. Decades ago, in an acting class, I learned a ritual that I use when I do my walking meditation. It helps me connect with my mind, body, and spirit.
My Walking Meditation Ritual
I imagine there is a pool of energy swirling on the ground. It comes from the Earth and is a universal source we’re all connected to. Starting with my feet, I slowly move up my body saying to myself that the energy source is healing, restoring, circulating and energizing that particular section. The pool of energy gets deeper as I submerge myself in it. I may add different intentions depending on the body part like strengthen, trim, balance, remember and clear.
When I reach the top of my head, I focus on my third eye. That opens up my creativity and intuition. To protect myself, I see myself bathed in the glow of positive white light. Then I let the energy radiate out of my body and into the universe to connect with the Universal consciousness and the hidden realms.
I know it may sound airy-fairy, but it’s powerful for me. The energy source can come from whatever you believe in whether it’s God, Jesus, Mother Nature, Buddha, the fairy folk, or The Force. I’m a big believer in The Force and truly believe it’s with me.
When I’m done, I take some time to listen to the “conference of the birds” and nature because it’s powerful. I quiet my mind to hear and observe. It never fails that a hawk or another bird flies past me, a bunny rabbit skips by or a coyote comes out of hiding in the rocks. There are occasional human sounds, like cars driving by, neighbors talking, or kids yelling. It’s all part of the atmosphere and I don’t let it bother me.
Then there are the rock formations
I live in the sandstone rock formations that were created millions of years ago and they’re stunning. Lately, I’ve seen faces in the rocks. Some are laughing, others are serious, still, others are animals. One is a lion and another looks like a pug.
This cluster of rocks looks like a mother with her children sitting next to her. She reigns over our small community of rock people.
I’ve become fascinated with their faces and see new ones every time I go out.
You may think I’m loopy but I believe my walking meditation is a source of great power and revelation.
You don’t need to live in the rocks to commune with nature or the universal consciousness. You can do it anywhere if you allow yourself to connect with the energy source and bring it into your being.
Have you ever tried a walking meditation? Please leave a comment below.