The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation

The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation

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One of the few books focused completely on mindful walking and walking meditation. This revised edition of the best-selling title (nearly 80,000 copies sold to date) includes over 30 percent new material—including new walking meditation poems and practices—and provides a practical and inspirational introduction to this important practice. Written in Thich Nhat Hanh’s clear and accessible style, Long Road Turns To Joy reminds us that we "walk not in order to arrive, but walk just for walking." Touching the earth with our feet is an opportunity to live in the here and now. Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us to enjoy each step and each breath in order to regain peace in difficult moments. The simple practice of walking with attention and mindfulness can bring the spirit of prayer into our everyday life. This book will appeal to anyone who would like to get more out of walking, from long-time meditators to those who are just looking for a way to make their walk around the block more meaningful.

Features photographs of walking meditation from around the world.

Foreword by Robert Aitken, author of Taking the Path of Zen

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935209928
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 444,476
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Happiness and Peace Is Every Step. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France, where he gardens, writes, and teaches the art of mindful living.

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Long Road Turns to Joy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Laura50 More than 1 year ago
This is a pocket book that shows you how to meditate while you are walking. I found the practice of the meditation to be similar to a biofeedback procedure that I use for chronic pain. However, The Long Road gives instructions on how to let go of anger as you are walking, as well as additional walking exercises that concentrate on conscious breathing techniques. I think that this is a practical book that everyone can use to let go of their daily stress and find peace by walking for only 30 minutes a day.
ovistine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Taking "The Miracle of Mindfulness" one step further, this book describes ways to seek mindfulness in daily walking -- very useful for those of us who walk for exercise already, especially if the exercise is something done to help with anxiety.
thesmellofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I will never walk the same again.
Lenka_leSoleil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
nice and wise pocket guide, useful during walking
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the entrance of the walking meditation path of a Zen temple in Vietnam, a large stone is carved with these words: "With each step, a breeze will rise." The breeze is the peace and joy that blow away the heat of sorrow. When you walk this way, you do it for yourself and for all beings.A long title for such a short book. This book can easily be slipped into a pocket when you are going for a walk, as the cover is the size and shape of a postcard. Walking meditation is about being in the moment, not thinking about the past or future, and letting the contact of your feet with the Earth bring you peace. I read it on the train to work this morning. I will leave a trail of imaginary flowers on my way back to the station after work today, because out of all the themes for walking meditation in this book, my favourite is this one:When the baby Buddha was born, he took seven steps, and a lotus flower appeared under each step. When you practice walking meditation, you can do the same. Visualize a lotus, a tulip or a gardenia blooming under each step the moment your foot touches the ground. If you practice beautifully like this, your friends will see fields of flowers everywhere you walk.
IonaS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful little book, which brought me peace and calm just by reading it.Thich Nhat Hanh is a wise Zen master, who lives in exile in France, in a community called Plum Village. He tells us we must learn to make "peaceful, anxiety-free" steps. Walking with mindfulness brings us "real happiness".He teaches us how to walk noticing our breath and the number of steps we take whilst breathing in and out. If we take three steps while breathing in and four steps while breathing out, we can say to ourselves, for instance, "In, in, in" and "Out, out, out, out", one word for each step. At the same time we might imagine we're walking majestically like a tiger. We should keep a "half-smile" on our face while we walk. When we focus on the present moment in this way, all our worries disappear.You can practise the walking meditation on the way to your car, or up and down the stairs. If possible, however, walk in a park or some other place where you're in contact with nature.Hanh tells us that the Buddha imprinted peace and joy in the Earth with each step he took, When we walk as he did, we continue this work.The book includes photos of Thich Nhat Hanh and others practising the walking meditation, some of the photos being from his community in Plum Village.Towards the end of the book we are presented with examples of the author's poems. For example, the following little gem, entitled "Walking Peace":Peace is the walk.Happiness is the walk.Walk for yourselfand you walk for everyone.I highly recommend this peaceful little book. However, I must point out that it takes practice to coordinate one's breathing with one's steps and thus perform the meditation correctly. But practice makes perfect.