when we walk

“When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh (thank you cinda)

9 thoughts on “when we walk

  1. Does this mean that a farmer should not plough the earth?

    The reality is one should find his unique self, followed by unique vacation and then act accordingly, irrespective of whether one is asked to kiss the earth or plough the earth or simply disturb the earth. Everything is in greater scheme of things and as necessary.

  2. Gautum Buddha (Thich Nhat Hanh has written some interesting books on him) says one needs to me more mindful and aware.

    Therefore, I interpret this quote to signify mental, emotional and spiritual awareness rather than (just) physical. One may be rushing or anxious, but as with everything, there would be a context, a cause and effect. An example – one may be rushing to get a heart patient to the hospital. Will that type of ‘rush walk’ not save a life? And indirectly print ‘peace and serenity’ of emotions of that family and the person saved onto Mother Earth?

  3. Years back I was told that Jain Sadhus walk bare feet to protect ants or similar living beings, even when ants come in between the contact of feet and earth they are absolutely safe, no harms comes to them.

  4. Harb, Jigar :

    Well done . You’ve managed to imagine exceptions , when the thought is simple and easy.

    This is the problem with unhitched intelligence .

    A farmer tilling earth , is not just kissingthe earth , but is actually making love to the Earth. Get the Trees , not the Wood.

    India is full of intelligent stupids. The highest anywhere in the world.

  5. Such flowery poetry does not serve well for the real. It is like a wolf in sheep’s skin..still stuck in the duality of good and bad. Learn from the animals..they don’t give a rat’s a** about god or good and bad. They live as per their nature, and that is the best that you can offer to this world.

  6. what ab tbrisk walking recommended for the diabetics. Thats what book says. But truth is- brisk walkers (Type A persionality) are the one who are prone to these metabolic disease.
    what to beleive, what not.

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