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Finding Happiness by Virginia Murphy-Berman

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CHAPTER 8

The Experience of Aimlessness: The Cultivation of Mindful Walking

It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not the destination.

—John Bingham

Abstract

In this chapter we will discuss the concept of mindful walking. Mindful walking occurs when we fully attend to the simple process of walking as we are walking, without letting our attention drift away or be subject to clamoring distractions. Such walking connects us to the earth and to the feel of our bodies in space. Many varieties of mindful walking have been used over the centuries by both lay and religious groups alike to promote a sense of calmness and equanimity.

The Nature of Mindful Walking ...

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