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How to Walk

(Mindfulness Essentials #4)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,688 ratings  ·  177 reviews
„Stim ca destinatia noastra finala este cimitirul. De ce ne grabim oare sa ajungem acolo? De ce sa nu pasim in directia vietii, care este in momentul prezent? Daca practicam meditatia mersului chiar si pentru cateva zile doar, vom trece printr-o transformare profunda si vom invata cum sa ne bucuram de pace in fiecare moment al vietii noastre. Zambim, si nenumarate fiinte d ...more
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Published April 7th 2015 by Parallax Press
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Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Throwback Review) Why should I read a book about walking is the first thought that went through my mind when I picked it up for reading. But Thich Nhat Hanh proved me wrong. The practice of bringing mindfulness to walking is unique.

The author mentions the method of slow walking by focusing on our breath and by being aware of our feet touching the ground. We should try to do this at least a few times a day no matter how busy we are in our life.

My favorite three lines from this book.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
When you walk, arrive with every step. That is walking meditation. There's nothing else to it.

Hmmm. There may be nothing else to it but there is much more to say about it. This charming little book gives short bursts of insight and encouragement, guiding the reader to be present and mindful while walking. Let's face it, most of us (if we are lucky) walk all day long. This book challenges us to be present in the act of walking rather than rushing around, our minds on where we headed, what just ha
As you expect, there's some degree of repetition in the Mindfulness Essentials series, but in this one it seemed to show more than in the others.

Still, it focuses on the one activity we'd least associate with mindfulness -- walking. I mean, think about it. Many people "walk off" anger, frustration, nerves. Their minds are full of those things. Or maybe they walk to think, to daydream. Again, not in the moment.

In that respect, this comes as an interesting alternative -- walking as a chief reason
James Holman
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual-growth
When I wish to become more connected with the present, I touch base with this book and go for a walk.
It has completely changed the way I enjoy walking
Elizabeth A
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2019
“When we return to our breathing, we return to the present moment, our true home. There’s no need for us to struggle to arrive somewhere else. We know our final destination is the cemetery. Why are we in a hurry to get there? Why not step in the direction of life, which is in the present moment?”

This little book is a great reminder to slow down, consciously put one foot in front of the other, appreciate that you can even do so, and arrive into the present moment. Little one page musings on the
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddhism, non-fiction
Sort of a compilation of Thich Nhat Hanh's "best of" re: walking. Short and easily digestible, these would make great daily reminders if read one at a time and savored. That's likely Thay's preferred method and likely more effective than reading it all the way through like I did. It's hard not to; it's a very short book. The illustrations are a lovely addition to the text. ...more
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
* Be in the moment
* Recovering Our Sovereignty
* Walking is a wonderful way to calm down when we are upset.
* If we want the ocean to be calm, we don’t throw away its water. Without the water, nothing is left. When we notice the presence of anger, fear, and agitation in us, we don’t need to throw them away. We only have to breathe in and out consciously and take a mindful step. Allow yourself to sink deeply into the here and the now because life is available only in the present moment. This alone
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
A short insightful read on walking meditation.

Brief Excerpts.

If we can transform our walking path into a field for meditation, our feet will take every step in full awareness, our breathing will be in harmony with our steps, and our minds will naturally be at ease.

"Let your own lungs determine your breathing. Never force your breath. When walking, match your steps to your breath, not the other way around."
Every step brings us back to the here and the now. We can touch the Earth and see the sky and notice all the wonders in between. In each step there is the possibility of mindfulness, and insight.
May 23, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A marvelous little thing. The kind of book that shows you the things you already know but in a way that you kind of see them for the first time.

It is a quick read. I would describe the first part, Notes on Walking, as 73 arguments in favour of walking: most take one page, most pages are just one paragraph, with the titles like Touching peace, Finding ease, Walking for others, Training ourselves etc. They derive from same root, but each time it is a slightly different angle to look at walking. T
Nicole Chilton
A charming book about how to practice mindfulness while walking*. This would be read best a page a day, I think. Otherwise it’s repetitive (maybe the point)?

*reading this made me grateful for an able body that can enjoy walking and feeling my feet touch the ground.
Shrinivas Devshatwar
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why is simple so hard? Breath-in take two steps, breath-out take three steps. Its so simple that its hard to follow!
Ashraf Bashir
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mindfulness
Simple, practical and effective ...

This is one of the life changing books, the main takeaway is: "Focus on now and here, don't be a bond-slave of future worries and of past regrets, focus on the NOW_HERE and appreciate every single moment".

Unfortunately, sometimes here and there in the book, you find dogmatic language about Buddha, simply skip these parts if you are not a dogmatic reader, and follow practical advices. I do not believe in dogmatic beliefs such as "Buddha nature" and other metap
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Backstory: I saw several books in this series at Moms grocery store and could not resist, although I borrowed from the library rather than buying. This was the third one I’ve read after “how to eat” and ”how to see”, I hope to get through them all (I still have to read sit, love, fight, relax, connect) and then decide which ones to purchase.

One theme in this book is the theme of walking for others: those who physically cannot, our ancestors who might have suffered and been forced to march or mig
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fictiongems
I might not ever consider a set of stairs the same way. Also, this book somehow conveyed the feeling of Thích Nhất Hạnh speaking directly to me, and caring specifically about me. How does he do that?

The simple, single-color drawings added just the right touch.

Looking forward to reading the rest of the little books in this series of instruction and gentle ruminations on mindfulness practice.
Aug 24, 2016 added it
A short meditation on walking -- or rather, making a walk a meditation.
Being mindful, being present, practicing meditations -- all while walking.

A short book but one that will be read again, in smaller pieces. A reflection for a short walk.
Slowing down and being present. Finding calm in a chaotic world .... enough said!

"Allow yourself to sink deeply into the here and the now, because life is available only in the present moment. This alone is enough to calm the storm."
Dec 01, 2021 added it
I'm not going to rate this. I think that would be unfair, as my enjoyment was definitely hindered by the fact that I don't share the beliefs of the author. But it was beautifully written, and there were a few bits that were quite poignant. ...more
Nov 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Book is a Simplified guide for mindful walking meditation. I have finished reading this book when I was walking at the edge of a lake near our coconut garden.
There was an inconsistency in practicing meditation from the start of lockdown, So I was distraught by the friction of thoughts though I was comfortable with life. Hence picked this book to start with small steps to get back to my old routine.

The essence and beauty of walking are meaningfully explained in plain language with easy steps to
Alex Melnick
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"People ask me, 'Why do you do walking meditation?' The best answer I can give is, 'Because I like it.' Every step makes me happy. There's no use in doing walking meditation if you're not going to enjoy every step you make; it would be a waste of time. The same thing is true with sitting meditation. If someone asked, 'What's the use of sitting for hours?' The best answer is, 'Because I like sitting.'"
--Thich Nhat Hanh, "How to Walk"

This makes so much sense. One of the problems I've always had wi
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have arrived. I am home.
I am solid. I am free.
When we walk, we’re not walking alone. Our parents and ancestors are always walking with us. They’re present in every cell of our bodies. So each step that brings us healing and happiness also brings healing and happiness to our parents and ancestors... When we walk, we walk for our family and for the whole world.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiración
This is the last book I own of this series. I love the multiple readings potential that these books offer. Some of the lessons were profound and valuable, others were repetitive, but I am overall pleased with the content of the books.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2018
I tried walking meditation after reading At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk's Life and have found it to be amazing. I have tried various forms of meditation, but they were hard and difficult to make a habit. Walking meditation, has been so easy and natural for me, and I find it amazing how much of what Thich Nhat Hanh says in this book is true.

You can't force yourself to enjoy your breath or your steps. Breathing mindfully, making steps in awareness, joy comes natu
Jeevan Koneti
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quick read yet profound
Rory E.
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
i s2g these books appear in my hands exactly when i need them every single time i end up reading one. shoutout buddha for consistently pulling me in.
Vee Ronald
Mar 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Like the other tiny books in this series, this one is full of aphorisms, anecdotes, and repetitious meanderings. And apparently lies, like: "A child is a bell of mindfulness" - really? It could easily have been summarized by a single paragraph of intentional thought.

I like Thich Nhat Hanh, but this series is irksome. It's an expensive, well-packaged notebook of everything that passed through his mind, at any given point, in no order, and with a lot of assumptive pseudoscience thrown in for good
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
I really like these short books, from Hanh's mindfulness essentials series. This one was the most difficult "How to" of them... living in a big busy city it's complicated to do a walking mediation. Still, the short reflections were refreshing and I did manage to try a short walking mediation in a park following the instructions at the end of the book. It will probably take a lot of practice to be able to do it anywhere other than an almost empty park. ...more
Trey Nowell
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Keep in the present moment, nothing is more important. I think Hanh's readings can really help people adjust their lives to a state of more happiness and contentment. We are always dwelling in the past or future, never in the present, not appreciating a walk, washing the dishes, etc. This book helps remind us we are in the present. ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Thích Nhât Hhan! Walking like breathing is something we do with thinking about or being aware of doing it. In this book we learn how focusing, slowing down, and becoming aware of walking can be used for meditation and helps us to resee things from a new perspective. Filled with the wisdom found in all Thích Nhât Hahn's books this is a great read to enjoy. ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read for those looking for a reminder on basic mediation concepts.
Margaret Fast
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Easy read. Good thoughts. Simplicity. Will read more of his work
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Thích Nhất Hạnh was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lived in southwest France where he was in exile for many years. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary ...more

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