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Night walking and meditation

As the southward equinox approaches in Southwestern Idaho, darkness comes soon enough for me to begin my walk before it becomes ridiculously late   According to the almanac, the moon will be in the visible sky for 35 minutes longer than the sun.  There is still more light than darkness and that will continue for days  or weeks past the equinox because of tilt of the earth and the power of the sun.  "The light has come to the world and the darkness will not comprehend it."  Nevertheless, i am a child of night and find comfort there that the day does not bring to me.

The walking is partly entertainment, partly healthy, and, i trust, partly spiritual.  Healthwise, though i have only been at it a few days, i am akready feeling better.  I have more energy. and i sleep better.  Now i am walking about 8 tenths of a mile in abour one-half hour.  My short term goal, which i feel will be easily achieved is three miles in one hour.  Of course, i use my cane, but my legs seem stronger and have less pain than when i began;

Some years ago Dianne and i participated in a Buddhist walking meditation.  I am going to read up on the practice to see if i can make my walks spiritual experience/.  They are already quite special..  It is now almost ten p.m. and quite dark out.  When i close this post in a few minutes, i  will start my walk.

Twelve stepping and Taoism

Al Anon is probably the closest thing i will find to a flesh and blood spiritual community and i can give myself wholeheartedly to that circumstance and i am doing so.  I am on the verge of making friends there.  I also go to two AA meetings each week, where i get a dose of the hard stuff.  I feel that i am on "the same page" spiritually with these people which is a rare feeling for me, and quite satisfying.  I continue to attend Mass each week and it is starting to feel like the right thing to do, and even without Dianne being there, there are moments of worship, serenity, and okayness.

I have put off plans, for now, of attemding Unitarian-Universalist services or Buddhist meditation.
I have not given up the idea of becoming a part of a  not yet existing Taoiar group.  I have met two people  who find Taoism attractive and an acupuncturist in Eagle has already suggested a "Taoist club.  I am going to talk to him again in a few days and maybe see if i can get my two acquaintances interest in "a Taoist club" or even a Tai Chi class.  ThIngs have to start somewhere.

Of course, i believe that there certain spiritual principles that are shared by all cultures, but for me,  Taoism and the 12 steps seem particularly compatable.


Love, compassion, peace and joy to all!!

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amaebi
Sep. 20th, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)
It's good to hear some details of your well-being!

*love*
bobby1933
Sep. 22nd, 2016 03:20 am (UTC)
Thank you. Love back at you.
pondhopper
Sep. 20th, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)
I always hope you're doing well, my friend! Walking is good for body and soul. It has long been our preferred exercise. It is surprising how short a time it takes to gain strength when walking becomes a routine.
:)
bobby1933
Sep. 22nd, 2016 03:21 am (UTC)
Thank you, Donna.
e_d_young
Sep. 20th, 2016 04:05 pm (UTC)
10 p.m.?! Wow that's late. I went for a night walk last night after posting to my LJ and I felt so much better afterward. Walking is my exercise of choice, and I know I'm not doing enough of it.
bobby1933
Sep. 22nd, 2016 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you. Walking is a "best" exercise.

Ten is not late for me. My favorite walking times used to be
after midnight.
reginaterrae
Sep. 20th, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
Cool to hear about the night-walking, and all the rest of it. I'm so glad you're doing so well!

I am a crack-of-dawn person myself, by preference, but have been taking short late evening or night walks lately on my spiritual director's advice. It's too dark to walk in the woods in summer, though, so I look forward to longer night walks once the leaves fall and moon- and starlight can reach the trails.

What is your walk like? That is, the path, the place you walk, the environment?
bobby1933
Sep. 22nd, 2016 03:49 am (UTC)
It should not surprise me that your spiritual director is recommending walks in darkness, they aid the "fog of forgetting" and the "dark night of the soul."

My typical walk begins at my house and goes to a small park about .3 miles away; once around the concrete walking path is also .3 miles, so walking there, in, and back is just under one mile which is is my limit for the moment. The park is very open for soccer, kite flying, and other running sports; but the path is lined by trees -- pines and deciduous. The deciduous trees are mostly cottonwoods, which give the park its name. If i begin my walk late enough (eleven thirty) i walk toward the rising moon as it comes over the foothills.
Earlier than that it is very dark except for the lighting from residences and streetlamps. In the park there is no artificial lighting, and i can walk that .3 mile in darkness except for stars.

As my strength and energy return i will increase the "laps" until i can do two miles without difficulty. Then i will vary my walks to even lovelier venues in the near vicinity.
elainegrey
Sep. 21st, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)
Walks at night sound lovely. I'm not getting walks in, but i go out before dawn and after dark to just stand and listen to the night. When it's clear i find the stars amazing (i've been under urban light polluted skies for so long).

Good walking to you.
bobby1933
Sep. 22nd, 2016 03:50 am (UTC)
Thank you, Judith.
reginaterrae
Sep. 21st, 2016 02:55 am (UTC)
Cool to hear about the night-walking, and all the rest of it. I'm so glad you're doing so well!

I am a crack-of-dawn person myself, by preference, but have been taking short late evening or night walks lately on my spiritual director's advice. It's too dark to walk in the woods in summer, though, so I look forward to longer night walks once the leaves fall and moon- and starlight can reach the trails.

What is your walk like? That is, the path, the place you walk, the environment?
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