Enjoy the walk

After a day of intense computer work, I decided to stop on my way home at the Celery Farm Nature Preserve in Allendale, NJ, as a break from human stress and concerns.

When I approached the little dirt parking lot I saw it was full. Darn! What’ll I do now! It’s not safe to park on Franklin Turnpike during rush hour. I felt my blood pressure increase. I drove down a side street looking for parking. “Private road: no parking.” I cursed under my breath as I made a sloppy U-turn. I drove further down Franklin Turnpike and pulled into another side street, one farther away from my destination, but walkable.

OK, I parked. Now I got out and walked quickly along the road toward the preserve. I was in a hurry. Got to get there so I can finish and get home for more work.

Then I remembered my previous blog post: “This is all there is.” Hey—this moment isn’t a means to get to the good stuff; it is the good stuff.

Chuckling to myself, I changed my gait to be more pleasurable, less intense. It’s a treat to walk outside after sitting all day. Why not enjoy the walk, right now?

Celery Farm Nature Preserve in Allendale, New Jersey

Celery Farm Nature Preserve in Allendale, New Jersey. Photo by Alan Seiden

About Alan

I've been an active meditator for over 10 years with Heart Circle Sangha, a warm and supportive Zen practice center in suburban New Jersey. Led by our teacher, Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts, the Sangha offers a place to start a meditation practice and then to deepen that practice over the years.
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