The Morning Walk: An Invitation to Freedom—The Work of Byron Katie®


(birds chirping) This is a silent exercise. Walk in silence. As you walk,
look at everything you see as though
it has no name. See it as though
you have never seen it before and don’t know what it is. As you walk, begin to notice
what your eyes rest upon and, mindfully,
begin to name it as if you were God naming
things for the very first time. Use only
first-generation names, for example, “flower,” “sky,” “shoe,” “bird.” As you begin to notice thoughts
moving one generation away, for example, “cold morning,” “big dog,” “beautiful tree,” just notice. Gently stop. Be still. Notice. Return to simple,
uncomplicated, one-word, first-generation names. “Man.” “Dog.” “Cloud.” The Morning Walk
is meditation. It is about noticing. It is a silent exercise. It is so lovely to to just walk
and not know. And let the world tell you what it is, rather than me
telling each object what it is, to just listen and be still and let it name itself,
if at all. But just to notice. And to be so free in that. It’s as though– nothing has ever been named. Symbolically, like God, naming things
for the very first time. Someone had to name things,
and someone called it “tree,” and someone else believed it,
and we’ve been passing it on in all these languages
on this planet. And we really,
really think it’s a “tree,” whereas,
what if you– just got still, notice, and let it tell you. So I invite you
to that don’t-know mind in your morning walk.

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