…it is solved by walking…
We have run a few yoga and meditation retreats at Dale Farm over the last few years. They are popular but all participants comment on how difficult they find it to maintain a meditation practice.
One of the reasons that Western Europeans find regular meditation so difficult is that these silent, sitting meditations belong to an eastern culture. The western tradition is one of pilgrimage; for centuries we have sought salvation or truth by distance walking out in the countryside.
Dale Farm is slap bang in the middle of the Yorkshire Wolds, the North Yorkshire coast, the Howardian Hills AONB and the North York Moors national park. We are lucky to have the Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way national trails on our doorstep as well as many other long distance walks including the White Rose Way, the Lyke Wake Walk the Centenary Way and the last part of the Coast to Coast.
Anyway, I’m retiring from my proper job in July and while I’m not giving up on the meditation yet I might also have time to start tackling a few of these walks while my legs still work. You are welcome to join me. And Jack; the most mindful creature I know. And Paul who would always rather be on his bike.
Here is Jack ‘in the moment’