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How to Walk

(Mindfulness Essentials #4)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,190 ratings  ·  119 reviews
How to Walk is the fourth title in Parallax’s popular Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Slow, concentrated walking while focusing on in- and out-breaths allows for a unique opportunity to be in the present. There is no need to ar ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Parallax Press
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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
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: 2019, non-fiction
“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: non-fiction, buddhism
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.
Muthu Anand
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."
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Donna Orazio
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."
Alex Melnick
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
"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
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quick read yet profound
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
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Yes, you have read that before in one of his books somewhere and you have heard Thich on Youtube talk about this things in his distinctive charming way. You still need this book to bring you back to yourself, to help remind you, to make you stop and examine yourself and make a U turn and stop. The first thing you need to do is to lift your foot. Breathe in. Put your foot down in front of you, first your heel and then your toes. Breathe out. Feel your foot solid on the Earth. You have already arr ...more
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.
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.
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.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: growth
I had a really long opinion about this but somehow managed to delete it before saving... I'll come back to this.
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read for those looking for a reminder on basic mediation concepts.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Easy read. Good thoughts. Simplicity. Will read more of his work
Clark Knowles
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this little book. You have already arrived.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first encountered the practice of walking meditation one year ago during my first retreat ever in the tradition of Plum Village in Stourbridge. It was when brother Pháp Lai was guiding the walk and he began with the metaphor of the mind as our beloved puppy that can be very excited and energetic at times and runs here and there but when we are aware of that, we are just gonna be gentle bringing the dog back to us and saying ‘good boy, good boy’. And it was on a very sunny and startling blue sk ...more
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I used to think that Buddhism was a more ethereal religion, kind of like the Christian teachings that are more escapist. But Thich Naht Hahn's teachings are very down to earth, literally. He portrays meditation as a part of daily life that doesn't have to be special - taking a step, I am aware that I am taking a step. I can feel the earth beneath my foot, and I am thankful for the ability to take this step. Metaphorically and physically, that's really all it takes to practice mindfulness, one st ...more
Shannon Muldowney
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
"We may think of joy as something that happens spontaneously. Few people realize that it needs to be cultivated and practiced in order to grow. Mindfulness is the continuous practice of deeply touching every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly present with your body and your mind, to bring harmony to your intentions and actions, and to be in harmony with those around you. We don't need to make separate time for this outside of our daily activities. We can practice mindfulness in e ...more
Farnoosh Brock
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick read on slow walking. How's that for irony? First book I read by Thich Nhat Hanh. It is written with simple soothing language and it's an easy read with an important message: how you walk can change your state of mind and well-being. Walking meditation was not a new idea to me. What I love about this short ebook is how the author makes it so simple, so accessible, and so creative that you may actually be inspired to do what he says as you read, to go outside and walk this way: in sync with ...more
Tanya b
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first try at Thich Nhat Hanh's series of meditation books and I really enjoyed it. I kept it at my desk at work to help remind me to be mindful about breaks and my walking. Lord knows I need all the help I can get to stay present and after multiple audio attempts, this little book really helped me. It's simplicity on topics and the walking meditations in the back of the book worked for me though I'm not sure why.

I have arrived.
I am home
in the here,
in the now.

I am solid.
I am free.
In t
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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives 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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“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?” 1 likes
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