Friday, January 21

To walk...!

One of the most noticeable milestones in the growth of a child is as he takes his first step. His mother and father will never forget that moment. Today’s parents can photograph those precious moments of their child and cherish it for a lifetime.

Treks are my 'master walks' 

Walking is the most normal means of human movement. Many of us will never master this. With today’s means of transport and commuting, we never do a walking that we appreciate. For me, my treks are the grandest walking that I accomplish. Many see trek as an adventure. However, I go beyond... treks are mindful walking that takes me to distant places. In a long trek, though sometimes the feet ache, still the simple act of placing each step and pushing forward is an absolute joy. The tranquillity of the great mountains, the cool clean air, the occasional sight of birds, the autumn leaves and the peace that is available in each step is trek all about.  

As a child, I loved strolling through  the beach, leaving my footprints on the sands. Then I will wait for the surf to come and wash them away.  I enjoy such acts even today. Growing up hasn’t taken away those joys from me.

Recently, I was reading a 'walk' poem written by contemporary Buddhist writer, Thich Nhat Hanh, that left me thinking:

Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.

Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
That peace is the walk;
That there is no happiness walk;
That happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.

Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.

Earth will be safe 
when we feel in us enough safety.


Photos from Hampta Trek, Himalayas and  from the beach.


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