Below is a reprint of an article I wrote in October of 2005 that I thought I would share again this month - Enjoy!
Have you ever taken a walk in the forest or by the ocean and just be in the moment? No thoughts, no planning of events, or thinking out conversations in your mind....just being in the moment. The Dalai Lama suggests that we don't have to take out a special segment of the day to meditate, but rather instead we should be in the moment and meditating through out the day. This means when we are doing the dishes, taking a shower, brushing our teeth, or walking in the woods we can be in mindfulness. All of these can be powerful spiritual experiences.
I am a daily meditator and have learned through discipline, and application to sit and go into the gap every morning. Since I walk my dog every morning, rain or shine, I have also wanted to add this time as a walking meditation. I gave up on using it as a form of exercise, at least for the most part, as my dog Scooby loves to stop to sniff every thing in sight or everything in "smell" I should say. So it is rather hard to get a good pace going with her. I even went as far as to tie a yellow Velcro ribbon on her leash in hopes that every time I saw it, it would remind me to go back to just being. Most of the time all I completely forgot about the ribbon.
Then this summer I tried again. Actually Shirley Maclaine inspired me when I read in her latest book, "Out on A Leash" that she tries to do this every day for her morning walks with her dog Terri. This time I tried a different technique. Instead of the Velcro ribbon I now do Chakra Activation as I start my walk up the hill toward the path in the forest near my house. By time I am at the end of the hill I have visualized all my chakras flowing fully and expanded with color. I then spend some time thinking about all the things I am grateful for that day and things I am grateful for in my life. I include things that have not occurred yet as I also start to "Create My Day." as described in the movie "What the Bleep Do We Know". (If you haven't seen this yet, I highly recommend it.). By time this is done I have set the preparation for a remarkable hour experience every morning and I am able to be in the moment.
I have walked this path many times yet each day I see something new or see it in a different way. When I remain in the moment I am able to see new flowers, or trees or hear different birds. Often there are a flock of geese on the golf course or flying over head that I might have missed if I was lost in thought. I have not been able to spend the entire hour without thoughts. Just like a quiet, sitting meditation there are time when the chatter of the mind will begin. Since Scoobs likes to sniff or pee a lot that is my focus to check to see where I am. I use the time as a reminder to Just Be. I will often look up and see a beautiful tree I didn't notice before. Many times right at that moment a bird will fly over head or maybe several birds. Often they are bright colors of yellow or blue. I have come to believe this is no coincidence and that adds to the sacredness of the moment. More often than night my third eye is expanded enough to see the energy flowing in the air above the trees.
Life is short. Ask yourself, when is the last time you sat with a butterfly? When were are in the moment there is so much to notice and be thankful for in our lives.. It is easy to see in nature. But try this in your kitchen when you are chopping vegetables, or just take a moment to breath when you are stressed and driving in your car. No matter what life events come our way - remember Just Be.
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