Over on my FB page I have started a 30 day mindfulness challenge. Selfishly, this is as much for myself as it is anyone else who wishes to follow – and I hope they do. But as we see ourselves back in a lockdown (England only), it can make it a tricky time for many and whilst I’m no expert, I am also learning how to navigate these uncertain times. Therefore, creating this so called challenge forces me also to reflect, slow down and take time to reconnect and research different ways in which we can do this. Today on the page is day 8 and as we begin to wind down from our working (from home) week, I began looking at the varying ways to practice meditation. I know walking meditation is part of a Buddhist practice and have tried it as part of a retreat activity but didn’t really grasp the idea in it’s entirety to understand it’s purpose and how it can help us. This is when I came across Thich Nhat Hanh’s explanation of what a simple walking meditation can do for us and it brought a tear to my eye. It’s beauty is in it’s simplicity and yet so hard for us to achieve in this modern world. We live so far ahead in the future, plagued with anxiety or steeped deep in our past constantly reliving the past hurts and traumas as we rush from place to place. Our minds constantly dancing from thought to thought, memory to memory, task to task, it’s exhausting. What Thich Nhat Hanh is asking us to do is step with joy and happiness so when we arrive home, which is in our minds, we don’t walk the steps of sorrow. He says to take each step and say ‘I have arrived’ not as a statement, but as a realisation. Watch the video below and see what it means to you.