the mountain walks

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Take a step and set your foot down like you are pressing a stamp into the soft wax to make a seal. When that foot is firmly on the ground and your weight is on it, lift the other foot and carry it forward. Then press feel how you set that foot onto the ground like you are pressing a stamp into the soft wax to make a seal. When you lift the foot you breathe in and when you set it down you breathe out. You can also set one foot with the in-breath and then carry the other foot forward and set it with the out-breath. Always keep the back foot on the ground until the front foot takes the weight fully.

In this way you will come out of your head and into your senses: feel each movement of the legs and feet, feel each breath fully. Bringing your mind together with your body like this you will be in this present moment with all of your faculties.

Then begin to look straight ahead with your looking parallel to the ground and your face relaxed. Have a solid posture while you walk. It is good to hold your hands in a powerful way. I like the right hand to be a lightly closed fist and the left hand over it in front of the body in the middle of my chest. The forearms are then parallel to the ground and the armpits are open.

Be the mountain that walks.

Start with ten steps and then continue as long as you wish to enjoy this walking meditation.

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