The Morning Walk

  • This is a silent exercise.
  • Walk in silence. As you walk, look at everything you see as though it doesn’t have a name. As you walk, begin to name the thing that your eyes rest upon as if you were God, naming things for the very first time.
  • Use only “first-generation” names.
    For example: sky, flower, insect, tree, concrete, shoe, woman.
  • As you notice thoughts moving one more generation away (for example, “wonderful morning” or “what a beautiful tree!”), notice, gently stop, be still.
  • Return to simple, uncomplicated one-word, first-generation names: ground, sky, woman….

The morning walk is meditation. It is about noticing.
It is a silent exercise.