NEW DELHI India
-- Rushing, dashing, running, we
are always in a hurry, reports
Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.
Walking is never fast
Just slow down with Zen Walking and see the
Then, walking becomes a spiritual practice, a
What is Zen Walking?
Walking slowly with total awareness in nature.
Barefoot to feel the earth, keep your head up, look no
more than four feet ahead of you; and open up all your
senses: listening to the lowest sounds like falling leaves
and birds singing; smelling the fragrances of the plants and
trees; feeling the air, breeze or the wind on your body and
recognizing the presence of the twigs, leaves and pebbles
under your bare feet.
Be aware when you lift your foot and move it forward and
place it down to move forward.
Tell yourself that your body has no weight.
Thus, walking becomes a spiritual practice as your mind
Mostly we are walking mindlessly with endless thoughts
and fantasies; but if we walk mindfully, we become detached
Osho says: "We have to de-automatize ourselves, we
have to become a little more slowed down in every act."
So, you have to be aware.
When you are walking, don’t walk at the old pace,
with old speed: slow down, so much so that you have to
be alert, otherwise you will gather your speed again.
That is automatic …Do everything very silently, very
slowly, very peacefully, gracefully, so that each act
becomes a deep meditation in awareness."
Here are the experiences of a group of meditators after
their first Zen Walk in a bamboo grove at Oshodham, New
No names are given to respect their privacy.
"It was so effortlessly meditative, making me one with
the ground I walked on.
"One with the air, I breathed, one with the trees, the
bamboos around me, unaware of time, space and totally
"Sans worries, anxieties and only love for being here; so
watchful, so free, so limitless, so guileless, as if I was
outside my body, nothing hurt, nothing bothered; all was
acceptable, tranquil, melting, gliding."
"I felt my senses for the very first time like I was
walking in the air.
"I felt a very tiny particle of mother earth welcoming me
on each step.
"I also heard the sound of the leaves while my feet were
"I never experienced earlier."
"I felt like nothing.
"It was liking walking slowly in the crowd.
"But still it reminded me of the time of Buddha, how he
must be walking barefooted in the forest of Shaal trees."
"Every step or lifting my foot again and again made me go
"Have been walking all my life but for the first time, I
experienced all actions of meditation, not of physical
actions but walking in awareness which is much more.
"This activity can help the body to connect with
"It helps to become aware from the head to foot.
"Putting more or less pressure on your foot makes you
"Experienced for the first time that we can walk with
greater awareness without our eyes."
"I enjoyed walking for the first time, despite walking
"Didn’t feel like stopping.
"I felt full awareness; seemed as trees and earth were
also walking with me. "
"It was a very peaceful and amazing experience.
"I saw many tiny creatures on the path and they were
walking peacefully without any worries.
"I heard voices of many birds singing sweet songs which I
usually never hear.
"Falling of leaves from trees making light music.
"It was a wonderful and blissful experience. "
"While walking, thoughts were at a minimum.
"Breathing automatically became slow.
"Very good teaching for morning walk meditation for me."
"Birds singing made it bright.
"Cosmos is one, everything felt together.
"When thoughts are on my feet, I am more grounded."
"This is amazing, walking without feet, flying in the
"Feeling like Spiderman due to Osho."
"Happiness of experiencing nature’s beauty, bliss,
weightlessness, reduced thoughts. "
"Feet touched mother earth.
"Leaves fell down from trees, silence."
"Got imbalanced initially.
"Later enjoyed walking as I got so clear headed while
"This experience made me feel so fresh, lovely beautiful
"It made me feel my body weighs so less and I feel I am
gliding, not walking."
"I feel very peaceful and alert at the same time.
"Aware of things around me like never before.
"Who was walking?
"Who had walked?
"Who wants to know?"
"Lightness, emptiness, witnessing, peace."
"The experience was quite mystical but I kept losing my
sense of listening because of awareness towards my feet."
"Sounds of leaves falling down.
"Sound of birds.
"Smell of the earth.
"Touch of the earth with my feet.
"Balancing while walking slowly."
"Difficult to balance sometimes felt like falling down
"Sometimes the rhythm was there and sometimes completely
off it" sometimes, the mind was rushing and sometimes the
mind was silent."
"Peace. Joy. Right."
"Slowing down my step, led to more effort to balance my
"First time in my life, I did this amazing meditation.
"I walk with so much consciousness.
"I feel every step I take and the energy which is
spreading and surrounding me."
"Refreshed. Deep breathing. Feet loved soil. Body loved
sun. No more boredom of having to be someone."
"I feel trembling and don’t walk properly. I can’t use
five senses at a time.
"When I am aware about my feet, then hearing sounds of
birds disappear and vice versa."
"I feel nature. I feel very Peace. I feel myself. I feel
"Now and afterwards, I will always try this everywhere."
"I felt as I am walking on air. I feel free."
"I hear the humming of birds, the smell of sand, feeling
the sound of dry leaves under my feet, the fragrance of
"Experience of peace while walking.
"A totally unique experience."
"After walking for a short while, the very thought that I
was walking was no longer there.
"I felt as if I had merged into this very existence. I
experienced as if I was dissolved in nature around me.