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The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation

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Tuck The Long Road Turns to Joy in your pocket and turn your walk into a joyful meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches "walking just for walking." Learn to enjoy each step and each breath, to regain peace in difficult moments. Photographs of walking meditation from around the world are included. ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Parallax Press (first published 1985)
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Tom Quinn
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Practical AND portable. For real: the whole book fits neatly into a pocket so you can take it along anywhere you go.

4 stars. Walking meditation is a beautiful practice, and Thich Nhat Hanh presents it beautifully here. Every tiny chapter is direct, encouraging, and useful. Taken in order, each presents a simple and logical add-on to the last, creating a quaint development plan for your personal practice, so it's a perfect guidebook for beginners to learn just what to do to get started. But it's
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Kathleen
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
“In fact, if you learn to take peaceful, anxiety-free steps on the Earth, you won’t need to go to the Pure Land. When you are peaceful and free, the Earth itself becomes a Pure Land, and there is no need to go anywhere else.”

Thich Nhat Hanh is such a blessing. His words are so gentle, so simple, so positive. I found this little book about walking meditation very helpful and inspiring--short ideas or suggestions interspersed with lovely black and white photographs of walkers. It’s not so much tha
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T.Kay Browning
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
New goal in life: Always read a Thich Nhat Hanh during finals week. Tests are a celebration of knowledge dude!
Patricia
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
"Walking meditation is meditation while walking. ...Anyone can do it. It takes only a little time, a little mindfulness, and the wish to be happy." This is the beginning of this little book of ways to practice meditation while walking. It's a sweet book, and here are a few of my favorite passages:

"Walking mindfully on the Earth can restore our peace and harmony, and it can restore the Earth's peace and harmony as well. We are children of the Earth. We rely on her for our happiness, and she relie
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Iona  Stewart
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful little book, which brought me peace and calm just by reading it.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a wise Zen master, who lives in exile in France, in a community called Plum Village. He tells us we must learn to make "peaceful, anxiety-free" steps. Walking with mindfulness brings us "real happiness".

He teaches us how to walk noticing our breath and the number of steps we take whilst breathing in and out. If we take three steps while breathing in and four steps while breathing out, we can s
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Riobhcah
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
P. 18: "Walking meditation helps us to regain our sovereignty, our liberty as human beings. We walk with grace and dignity, like emporers, or lions."

Another wonderful book by Thich Nhat Hanh...This one teaches us how to reconnect with the energies of the earth by walking mindfully, and thus to overcome anxiety and delusion and to find the peace that exists in the present moment.

He makes a very good point in saying that all too often we walk upon the earth with steps of fear and sorrow, while wa
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Jonathan K
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book for what it is, an adjunct to other meditation guides, and of course one that focuses primarily on the walking component. Written by a student and I believe relative of thich nhat hanh, this book bring peace simply from reading it. The adjunct DVD is super brief, and I have not yet listened to the included meditations, but hope to do so shortly. Overall, the book itself is a quick read with some useful insights, but not a whole lot of value added over more comprehensive meditation gu ...more
Maureen
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: buddhism
I had a unique opportunity to spend time with Thich Nhat Hanh and the monks and nuns who travel with him. One of the most beautiful parts of spending time with them was doing the walking meditation. It was particularly interesting for me, because I am used to forging ahead. Instead, I slowly lifted one foot and placed it in front of the other, while paying attention to my breathing and slowly becoming aware of the beauty of the earth around me.

This postcard-sized book is filled with photographs
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Julie
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lovely! I read this on a contemplative retreat.
Beth
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is fortuitous that this little gem came into my hands at this time. It is a both instructional guide to meditative walking, a book of poetry, and a touchstone for inspiration in hard times. I had it on reserve at my local library and it came in and one was of the last few books I collected right before the self-quarantine and libraries closed for COVID-19. As a consequence, my library has asked us to hold all materials until the libraries re-open. So, I will get to practice my walking meditat ...more
Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 added it
Shelves: nonfiction
Very short - its almost more of a pamphlet than a book - but very powerful! There is always much to gain from reading the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, this book was no exception. He lays out the method of walking meditation mixed in with philosophical insights and poetic metaphors. It's all very uplifting and calming. The methods in this little book are so great too, walking meditation while practicing deep breathing is good for the body, mind and spirit, it really is one of the most satisfying and ...more
Glen Grunau
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A simple little book that teaches how to turn walking into meditation. The author comes from a Buddhist orientation but his truth is easily transferable to Christian contemplative practice.

It is difficult for me to do anything without some sort of end or purpose in mind. How naturally I succumb to an achievement rather than a receptive orientation to life. Even my walking needs to have a destination in mind - getting from home to work, getting from work to home, taking my dog out for exercise wi
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Sue
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind and willingness to learn.
This is a wonderful book for anyone who wishes to practice a basic form of meditation. The book comes with a DVD which introduces you to Thich Nhat Hanh. Hanh explains some of the principals of Walking Meditation. His gentle voice and sense of humor immediately put me at ease.
This edition also comes with an audio CD that will lead the listener through several sessions of Walking Meditation of differing levels and lengths. The person doing the guided CD lessons is a woman with a clear, pleasan
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Tom
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thích Nhât Hanh, (1996), The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation, Parallax Press, Berkeley, CA. This short, practical how-to book on walking meditation is worth its weight in gold. I have adapted its principles for my morning jog, so that I do a “running meditation” some days, and walking meditation other days. This book can work miracles if you put it in practice.
Tony Romine
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the biggest excuses I hear for people not meditating is that there is no time for it during the day. Thich Nhat Hanh provides here a small, simple book to make walking into the peace filled, mindful exercise it should be. If utilized properly, this book can turn even a 5 minute walk from your desk to your car into a mindful moment of happiness. Very highly recommended.
Chris Gager
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
A small picture book that's a tribute to TNH's ministry around the world and a guide to walking meditation. We all need a lot more peace in our lives for sure. Date is approximate. ...more
Izzati
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading a meditation book and I didn't really enjoy it as much as other people did, probably because it is such a niche. I only read it because I wanted to do the Two Book Nerds Talking April Challenge and because it was available on Scribd. And I suppose because I do 10,000 steps everyday and sometimes get overwhelming emotions that I'd like to control.

I wouldn't say meditation wouldn't work, I think it takes practice. But the reason why this book is nothing much to me is
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Serena Long ﺕ
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Smiling joyfully while reading this lovely book by Thay; it reminds me of Plum Village in France, when I was doing my walking meditation with Thay, brothers, sisters and other layfriends. Thay encourages us to "walk not in order to arrive, but just for the joy of walking." I love doing walking meditation because when we walk as the Buddha did, we actually continue his work. We nurture the seeds of Buddhahood in ourselves and show our gratitude to the Buddha, not by what we say but by the way we ...more
Corey
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary:
This is more like a small handbook than an actual book, but briefly and succinctly outlines walking meditation, its benefits and how to do it. There's a lot of esoteric language, but the gist of it is breathing, counting, walking and keeping a half-smile. You count your steps in time with your breath, starting with what is comfortable and natural for you and eventually extending your inhale and/or exhale to cover more and more steps as you develop your technique further.

I would recommend
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Kevin Orth
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't over think it. Just breathe and walk. We are so busy, busy, busy it's no wonder adrenal fatigue is rampant in western cultures. Keep it simple, be cognizant and aware of the present moment, walk. Highly recommend. ...more
Claire
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dead simple to start which is welcome in a meditation guide.
Robert Heckner
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written and instructive. "There is no enlightenment outside daily life." ...more
Eric
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Peace is every step
The shining red sun is my heart
Each flower smiles with me
How green, how fresh all that grows.
How cool the wind blows.
Peace is every step.
It turns the endless path to joy.
Yogeshwar Vashishtha
excellent
Diana Cramer
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A small book, but written in Nhat Hanh's calm & sweet style. Recommended for anyone who loves to walk and is interested in mindfulness/centering/meditation. ...more
Joker Klein
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Worldliness and purity are just the products of our mind. Once you are free and at peace, worldliness is purity, purity is worldliness.
M. Hawkins
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book that encourages being mindful to time and place while walking; how to be in the moment. Put down your phone and take out the earbuds.
Patricia Coloma
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful book! I started walking every morning after the lockdown was over and I read a passage before walking. Last part of the book is my favorite one given its poetry.
Lingui5t
Dec 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Not that practical... Claimed itself to be a guide and really wasn't. ...more
Aria
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A simple guide.
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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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