You’ve probably heard of walking meditation. And we know reading the suttas is meditative. So why not do the two together?
If you have a safe place to walk unobstructed, try doing your sutta reading practice while walking. It has lots of benefits:
- Helps to overcome drowsiness.
- Can keep you focused on the text.
- It makes it more difficult to take notes if you find this a compulsive but unbeneficial habit.
- Can be easily done outside.
- If you are a student or any one who works at a desk, walking and reading may be seen as a welcome change of pace from your usual work.
- It puts your reading practice into a new context.
- When you have finished reading your text for the day, you can continue to do contemplation while walking.
- Find an area free from distractions and dangers.
- Pick a set path, don’t just wander around the house or yard. Back and forth, back and forth.
- Make absolutely sure that your walking path is clear both on the ground and near your head