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The Best-Foot-First Meditation
We admit it's sometimes hard to meditate—legs in lotus, back stick-straight, mudra fingers on knees—especially when our sciatica is flaring up and a frantic mosquito enters our ear canal. Here's a solution for the ADD-addled: the walking meditation. As in the traditional practice, the key is mindfulness. Walk slowly, focusing on breathing, staying present and turning your attention inward. "You have no purpose or direction in space or time," Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says in The Long Road Turns to Joy, his inspiring guide to spiritual perambulation. "Mindfully experience your foot, the ground and the connection between your foot and the ground."
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