I appreciated that Sharon described this walking meditation process as a “secret refuge” and “oasis.” This description resonates with me.
While practices that bring me into my body can put me in touch with challenging experiences at times, they can also provide this sense of refuge and of finding a place to be: a place to be that is not described by analytic thought or judged for it’s worthiness, if just momentarily.
The body is a refuge that can be hard to let go into. Breathing and practicing simple movements can provide bridges into the present.
As I walk, I realize that my shoulders are stiff from sitting and choose to move my arms and neck as well. By walking and stretching, I am caring for my body and that sends me a reminder that I can be safe with myself.