In monasteries deep in the Himalayas, monks walk in groups, quietly through the woods, listening to the sound of the wind blowing through the leaves, walking through the snow-clad land, listening to the soft sound of the snow against the soles of their shoes.

Walking helps us create a wonderful connection with our own senses. We come closer to inner peace, joy and the present moment, allowing us to nourish our hearts and minds. Walking with awareness brings calm consciousness and a deep healing power.

First open yourself: Adjust your breathing during the walk, gently lift your feet and feel the sensation of a deep connection between your feet and the earth as they touch the ground.

Little conscious walks: Most walks are almost automatic, largely oblivious to your surroundings. Take a little conscious walk, connecting with what is around you, observing the natural shapes and temperature of things or objects.

Try to focus your attention: Concentrate on the energy that travels from your feet to the ground and the energy given back to you by the earth. How does that connection between the heart and the earth make you feel? Are you willing to accept this feeling?

Continue to observe your surroundings: Feel the wind on your skin as you walk, the warmth of the sun, the sound of the stones under your feet, or the sobering smell of the earth around you after it rains. Remember to allow yourself to feel, to touch, and ponder what you are feeling. Are you happy or depressed, cool or warm?

The power of thoughts: You may notice that after a short period of time, your attention is quickly drawn to other thoughts, perhaps the thought of what you should have for dinner that day, or tomorrow’s schedule, or a memory. At this time, your connection with nature is weaker and you may find it more difficult to pay attention to what is in front of you. Allow yourself to stay in this state and don’t let it get you down.

Bring back awareness: Try to bring back the awareness of your senses, feeling the connection between your left and right foot hitting the ground in harmony, transforming your thoughts into sensations. Focus on how you are feeling in this moment, realizing that life is so delicate and rich, that there is infinite beauty in nature to keep you company.

We all came from nature, and in the hustle and bustle of life, we sometimes forget the power of it.