Monday, November 1, 2010

one step

Although we walk all the time, our walking is usually more like running. When we walk like that, we print our anxiety and sorrow on the Earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. We can all do this, provided that we want it very much. Any child can do it. If we can take one step like this, we can take two, three, four, and five. When we are able to take one step peacefully and happily, we are working for the cause of peace and happiness for the whole of humankind.

~Thich Nhat Hanh


Walking with intention as part of the 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace has given me the gift of peace and harmony. This is not the same as saying all my problems have gone away. In fact, if anything new issues, old issues, recurring issues have been getting dredged up as I walk this walk. It has been a great opportunity for healing and transformation. My belief is that we each have a piece of this beautiful planet to heal, and our work starts right at home in our own hearts. So when we walk with intention, as Thich Nhat Hanh suggests, even if it is just for a few steps, we have to power to change a lot. Just try it and see for yourself.


A few years ago I had a very powerful vision. In my vision I saw a man reaping wheat. He was miserable with having to do his work. His body ached with discomfort in spending his time everyday doing what he didn’t truly want to be doing. With each swipe of the scythe, anger flashed out at the crop that would nourish his and his families lives. I saw how powerful this energy transaction was, how it was damaging the composition of the food that would enter his body, and how this energy was directly being absorbed by the Earth. The Earth felt sad and betrayed.

It is so utterly important to remember that what we do should bring us complete joy. If what we do doesn’t bring us complete joy we have two choices, one to walk away and find something else that does, or two to figure out how to make it so we can find joy in it. The emotions that we feel deep within, our being emanates all around us. Our emotions are amplified the farther and farther they get from our body. We have the choice to amplify anger and resentment from the lives that we live, or peace and serenity. I feel it is time for us to offer humankind and our beautiful planet some sincere efforts toward peace and happiness, one step at a time. One peaceful intention at a time.


  1. This is such a lovely post. It also coexists with my November intention.

    Here's a link

  2. My almost three year old son loves to hear his footsteps. As we walk he says over and over again, "mama, can you hear my footsteps?" It brings him so much joy. He loves walking and discovering his effect on the world via his own steps. It's pure attention and absorption in the joy of walking. Walking has primarily been my means of transportation since moving into a city, but there's nothing like a child to bring one back into the pure present joy of it. Elizabeth.


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