Mindful Walking as a Ritual of Peace

Entering into a peaceful world requires one thing – a peaceful person. Me, to be exact. Or you. But each of us individually must travel the Via de Paz, the Way of Peace. I would like to invite you to literally walk the Via de Paz (or roll or stroll or whatever works for you).

Set your intention by saying, “I am here. I am present. I am going to walk the way of peace.” Breathe deeply, a few sustainable breaths, until your body is ready to go forward.

Now move and notice. As you begin to move, notice how your body feels. What are your senses telling you about your immediate experience of the world?

Now notice things outside yourself. Connect your senses to all that is outside of yourself. Notice what you are hearing, smelling, seeing, feeling. With each step, become aware of all that you can take in. Simply experience it. Leave judgment outside of the Via de Paz.

Experience unity by acknowledging life in its many forms.

Close your experience by returning to yourself and offering, “I am here. I am present. I am the way of peace.” Breathe deep, sustaining breaths, until you are settled and still. Offer respect and peace to the world in whatever way suits you. Perhaps Shalom, Salaam, Peace, Namaste, or Aloha!

Inspired by our LaPadre, Deborah Globus and her teachings about creating daily ritual!

by MagicArtwork (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
by MagicArtwork
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  1. Jamie Dedes said on October 5, 2014
    A nice feel to this exercise.
    1. Terri said on October 5, 2014
      Thanks, Jamie.
  2. Victoria C. Slotto said on October 6, 2014
    Wonderful practice, Terri. Now that I'm retired I find that waking is a really sacred moment in my day (except when my Jack Russell jolts me out of a sound sleep by barking at 5 AM as she has done the last few days for some reason.) Thanks for putting flesh on a waking ritual.

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