The Miracle of Walking on the Earth | Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh describes how walking mindfully on the Earth can heal us and the planet

The first human being who who touched the moon with his foot is an American his name is Neal Armstrong.

He was very aware when he made that step, touching the moon. That was in 1969, I remember and he said this is a small step for a man but the giant leap for mankind So he was very aware of that step he made.

We know that in the moon there is no rivers, no clouds, no trees, no birds, no grass. And many of our scientists who work. who spend and work six months or one year on
a sky lab i’m very happy where every time they come back to
our homeland, Earth, it’s so beautiful down here.

And walking meditation, namely mindful work, is delight.

Mindful walking means you touch the ground of the planet earth, mindfully, and you touched all the wonders of life.

There is a zen master who said the miracle is not to walk on thin air or underwater but to walk on earth. For him, to be alive on this planet and to be making steps on this beautiful planet is a miracle.

And mindfulness allowed us to be aware that we are alive, that we are walking on this planet. And every one of us, with a little bit of mindfulness, can perform the miracle of walking on earth.

Every step can be healing, every step can be nourishing, every step can free us from the past and the future so that we can truly enjoy the present moment.

And there are those of us who are capable of healing ourselves just by mindful walking.

It’s much more pleasant to walk on earth than on the moon.

And if we walk like that not only we can heal ourselves but we can also help heal Mother Earth, the planet.


Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen master in the Vietnamese tradition, scholar, poet, and peace activist. He is the founder of the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon and has taught at Columbia University and the Sorbonne. Thich Nhat Hanh is the author of the national bestseller Living Buddha, Living Christ and over 60 other books. He was nominated for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr.

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