When new to the practice of meditation, you may learn new vocabulary:
- gassho – palms together in front of the heart, usually when bowing
- kokoro – the heart-mind
- mondo – dialogue between teacher and student
- mushin – no mind
- samu – work
- satori – momentary enlightenment
- sesshin – to touch or convey the mind,
- safu – meditation cushion
- zazen – sitted meditation
- zendo – a meditation hall
The term that applies to my daily walks with my dogs is kinhin, which means walking meditation. Some people may partake in a walking meditation in a more formal or structured way. Some may not even realize that they are doing it.
Only my walking meditation, I allow my awareness to move from general to specific and back again. I notice an ant on the sidewalk, then remember that it’s Friday. I hear a blackbird cry and watch it float past me, then think of dinosaurs. I push into a clod of dirt with my shoe, then think of a line of poetry.