The Benefits of Buddhist “Walking Meditation”

In May I went to Ireland to go on a Buddhist meditation retreat with Buddhist meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, who runs the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Throughout the retreat we had to honour the Buddhist tradition of “noble silence”, which means that we had no communication or eye contact with anybody else for the duration of the retreat. This also includes no TV, radio, IPods or texts! The idea of noble silence is that it sends your awareness inwards when it is freed from the usual stimuli of the outside world. What happens initially is that the inner workings of your mind speed up when free of these stimuli, but after a while your mind relaxes and accepts this quieter, more internal way of being, making it much easier to meditate. Read More

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