Preparing for my presentation at the ISCS 2016 in San Diego.
This event is called "The premier meeting for Contemplative Studies" and features the most important conversations about contemplative activities. I am so honoured to have been invited this time.
I'll be posting more later, including links to a copy of the paper I shared there.
I'll get a day and a half to walk around near San Diego, so I'll have photos to share too.
Friday, 28 October 2016
Just back from 4 fantastic weeks of walking along the west coast of Britain. We had a week each in Devon, The Yorkshire dales and the legendary Lakes District. Each had its own character and delights. Couldn't say what we preferred.
Will reflect and present more in coming months
|another blustery day in The Lakes|
Sunday, 8 May 2016
The Kick and Push Pedestrian Society (KAPPS) would like to thank those who attended our Walkers Weekend over the past weekend. We appreciate your support and your donations to the Renfrew Hospice
We want to extend special thanks to:
- The Renfrew Hospice for their partnership,
- Finnegan's Restaurant for welcoming us
- Kelly and Susan at the Library
- Joanne and Erin at the Rec Centre
- Speakers and helpers Doug H-W and Lara M
- Media Support from
- Ashley at Star 96
- Theresa and Sherry from the Renfrew Mercury
- Helen at the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association
- poster services from Renfrew Printing
- the many merchants who put up posters
See you next year or this month on the trail,
Walk More !
Saturday, 19 March 2016
Thursday, 10 March 2016
We're very pleased to announce the repeat and expansion of our very successful Walkers' Weekend from last year. This year we will repeat the Film Festival with two new films, on the Friday and Saturday evenings, followed by the KAPPS walk on the Sunday morning. New this year will be several other events. The planned weekend is April 22-24.
Once again, the event will be a combination of promoting walking as a recreational activity in the County, especially our KAPPS project, on one hand, and, on the other, a fund-raising vehicle for the Renfrew Hospice. The 2016 Hike for Hospice will follow our event by a week. The program is still in development, so watch for more announcements here.
So far we have selected our two films. Friday evening we'll screenthe Australian bio-pic, Tracks, (see IMDB details at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2167266/ ). It tells the true story of Robyn Davidson as she sets of on the first solo walk across the Great Western Desert, a journey of some 1,700 miles. The Saturday feature will be The Way Back (see IMDB details http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1023114/?ref_=nv_sr_1 ), another true story set at the end of the Second World War. In it, a group of prisoners in a Russian Gulag prison decide to escape and walk 4,000 miles to India.
On the Saturday morning, in cooperation with the Renfrew Library, we are hosting a Walkers' Panel, where several speakers will present their own unique experiences of different kinds of walking. On the Saturday afternoon we are developing a short workshop of interest for walkers. On the Sunday morning, the KAPPS group will sponsor its monthly walk along the K and P Trail. They will set off from downtown Renfrew for a 90 minute walk, returning back to town for a brunch and a short presentation at a downtown eatery (to be named soon).
The weekend promises to be full of fun for walkers of all skill and interests. Mark your calendars now.
Yours , on the journey,
RayIn every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks ~ John Muir
Thursday, 3 March 2016
WALKING AND SOUND
Walking is a naturally rhythmic activity. Once you find your pace you will notice that cadence, that’s called the beats per minute (BPM). We can use this cadence to layer the practice we are doing. We can incorporate some auditory input at that BPM which will reinforce our walking practice and make it more stable and deep. The typical auditory methods we have are counting and recitations.
Counting is the simplest and it can be counting steps or breaths. When you are walking, if it is slower in pace, you can synchronize your step, usually alternate steps, as in every left step, with the breath. This would mean each time you plant the left heel and move forward, you do it with an out breath. In our temple practice, we may do this kind of slow pace walking and use the moktak (wooden drum) to maintain that cadence. This works well with a slow indoor pace, but becomes awkward as we increase the pace and BPM.
If the pace is faster, you can count the steps in between out-breaths. This would mean you count the left foot/out breath as 1, then count the subsequent steps to the next out breath. This might mean you count 1-2-3-4-5 steps (depending on your pace) and then another out breath and begin again. This kind of step/breath counting is a very supportive addition to outdoor walking which maintains your concentration. This is one of the simplest ways of layering breath, step and cadence.
Walk a mile in anybody's shoes ...just walk