Four Ways to Practice Walking Meditation

By Rohi Shetty

“Every path, every street in the world is your walking meditation path.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh

In my last article, The Surprising Problem With Meditation, I explained why it’s crucial to complement sitting meditation with walking meditation.

Though, it is relatively unknown, walking meditation is practiced worldwide. In Thailand, meditators sit and walk alternately during meditation retreats. In fact, many Thai monks use mindful walking as their main meditation practice. An elderly Thai monk was so fond of walking meditation, that when he was no longer able to walk, he instructed his attendant to wheel his chair around his walking path!

If you have limited time, walking meditation is a great way to combine mindfulness with exercise.

Three benefits of walking meditation

Banish drowsiness

If you feel drowsy or lethargic, you will benefit by switching to walking meditation instead of sitting with your eyes closed. Drowsiness during meditation is natural.

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Engage Me – Relationship poem from GSN


I’m a Living Brand
I live because I feel
I tell stories
My name is what you call me
My meaning is what you think of me
I have personality, quality, and values
I can think, talk, work, create, plan, consult, promote, defend, help, care and cure
I can understand, undertake, represent, play, and entertain
I can anticipate and identify problems, I can solve them
I can make mistakes
When I make mistakes, I apologize and correct myself
I get angry when things go wrong,
I feel joy when right
I feel pains too
I feel bad when I see people hurting, especially my readers and patrons
Some are jobless, poor, neglected, uncared for, and wasting
They need living stories from GSN to get their lives back
You & GSN
I’m here for you
I’m a Living Brand
I live because I see

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Commercial Publishers: A Moveable Feast?

Self-published author Tim Keogh ” reminds me of my newly self-published self just a few years ago.

‘I have managed to place my book with Waterstone’s,’ he writes exuberantly. ‘When I told the lady at the till another branch of theirs was stocking it, she immediately replied that she would take five copies.’

The good news was reported to me thus subsequent to Tim having previously reported to me that he had suffered an earlier rejection at the same branch, Waterstone’s being his first port of call. This eventuality prompted remembrance of my personal first ports of call with my first self-published book in tow, only to be rejected, as I told Tim, by the only male member of Waterstone’s staff suffering from terminal PMT and (elsewhere) by a Waterstone’s bruiser in a frock.

So far Tim has shifted all of 400 copies.

How well I recall my own ambition for my first book

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The Surprising Problem With Meditation

By Rohi Shetty

“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard that daily meditation practice is good for you. Innumerable research studies have proven beyond any doubt that daily meditation for even a few minutes can boost not only your mental, emotional, and physical health but also your creativity.

Easy does it!
Fortunately, meditation is surprisingly easy to learn and easy to do. You don’t have to go to a meditation center to learn how to meditate. You can practice it at home at your convenience, seated comfortably on your favorite chair (no need to sit in the lotus posture). You also don’t need to believe in any esoteric philosophy or wear beads or light incense. Not convinced?

Here’s a quickstart meditation lesson:
Close your eyes and count five breaths. Now open your eyes. That’s it.

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Tapestry of Dance by Aneeta Sundararaj

Tapestry of Dance

It’s the 1980s and in Stadium Dato’ Syed Omar, Alor Setar, a man performs an Indian classical dance at the invitation of the Sultan of Kedah (our present Agong). In the audience is a little girl who eagerly explains to her astounded father every single one of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu that the dancer is depicting. At the end of the performance, the little girl lets out a contented sigh. She prays that one day, she will be given the chance to see him dance again. Today, the stadium no longer exists, the little girl’s all grown up and the dancer is now a celebrated icon known to all as Datuk Ramli Ibrahim. When I tell him that the little girl in the story above was me, Ramli responds with, “But darling, that was more

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The Demystification of Stephen by Amina Maikori

Title: The Demystification of Stephen
Author: Amina Maikori
File Size: 1468 KB
Print Length: 72 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (March 20, 2016)
Publication Date: March 20, 2016
Language: English

Amina Maikori’s eBook, ‘The Demystification of Stephen’ is quite the cute eBook.

As the blurb suggests, the story is about a chance meeting that one Stephen Duru has with three women. As the story unfolds, the consequences of each of these encounters is told. The three women believe that by meeting Stephen, their dreams can come true. He is, after all, the ‘quintessential 21st century gentlemen: well connected, rich and charming to all he meets.’ What happens, however, is that these dreams unravel and they are left shell-shocked by what happens. In the end, though, the reasons why Stephen does what

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Create Your First Online Course Within 30 Days

by Rohi Shetty

“Version DONE is better than Version NONE.”

Have you considered creating an online course yet? And if not, why not?

Do you feel you need to have a well-established blog with a big audience and a large email list?

Perhaps you feel you need to be an expert and have to create huge amounts of content?

Or you feel you don’t have the technical knowledge to create an online course?

Or are you just afraid that you’ll invest a ton of time and money creating your course and no one will be interested?

These are all common fears but none of them are true.

Many freelance writers have created online courses as part of their online portfolio. These may be free 6-day email courses or expensive longer courses. Also, your courses need not necessarily have videos or audios. For example, Mridu Khullar’s courses are text only, though she has started

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