Zen Practice has a very practical nature – Chop Wood, Carry Water – and being aware of precisely doing it. The cultural origins from China and Japan do not necessarily travel well to western countries, so I have adapted the form somewhat and kept the essence. Total silence for three rounds of – sitting meditation, walking meditation, stretching meditation. We listen to the bell calling us back to our true selves for guidance, listen to our breathing and through the discipline of this practice we settle into a deep calm and harmony with everything around and within is. That’s the plan.
Deep silence during three rounds of sitting meditation, walking meditation, then stretching meditation. The walking meditation will be outside. Listen to the murmur of the fountain, enjoy the plants as our feet follow the path – literally and actually – of the heart. Flagstones round the potatoes and bird feeders, past the beans, apple trees, herbs and cabbages. The silence deepens as we settle gently into the quality of our mind. Nowhere to Go, Nothing to Do. The simplicity and elegance of silence. The cadence of sitting with breathing in and out, the flow of walking with breath – in and out, the joy of stretching with breath in and out. Then repeat the entire cadence three times. Planting seeds.