The benefits of my disability part 1

Please take a look at the “about” page to see the circumstances that have encouraged me to start blogging again.

It might sound strange, but for me there are benefits to only being able to walk at a snails pace. I’ve practiced walking meditation in mindfulness groups for years but rarely had the confidence to walk really slowly in public. That self conscious mind would surface with its unhelpful, cynical self judgments; usually telling me I look like a freak to any “sane” person.

Now I can think “screw that, this is how I am right now and I’m going to take advantage of it to be present in the moment”. I walk with at least one crutch so anyone not versed in the mindfulness of walking will just accept I am disabled and not give me a second thought.

Mindful walking is a wonderful thing to try. You don’t have to walk at a snails pace, but as your relaxation and concentration deepens, you normally find yourself naturally slowing down. All you need to do is become aware of your body as it moves and of each step as it touches the earth. Be in the moment. When the mind becomes distracted, just come back to your body and your feet touching the ground. And remember, when you realise you’ve become distracted and gently bring your mind back to the present, smile, you’ve just had a wonderful moment of awareness.

Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh says: “The purpose of walking meditation is walking meditation itself.  Going is important, not arriving.  Walking meditation is not a means to an end; it is an end.  Each step is life; each step is peace and joy.” 

The sun has been shining here, so I’ve been for a short mindful walk with my camera. Because I was relaxed and mindful, I noticed the beautiful geometric shapes of a group of trees planted on a walkway. I had an enjoyable ten minutes taking photos and came home with these. Hope you like them.

geometry 1
geometry 1
geometry 2
geometry 2
geometry 3
geometry 3
geometry 4
geometry 4
geometry 5
geometry 5
Words and pictures © Miles Pilling

2 thoughts on “The benefits of my disability part 1

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  1. Love the images. I do the same thing when i go out for a walk. I find interesting (and often overlooked) things to photograph. In this manner, I’ve become aware of things in my neighborhood that I’ve never noticed in the 13 years I’ve live in this house.

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