walking time

walking through the city can take your mind off anything.  you can do a walking meditation and become invisible to the people passing by, tuning out all of the traffic and noise or you can walk up the avenue with an intention to connect with people – depending on what you need at the time.  after sitting at the computer for several hours, sometimes i want a little conversation or mental stimulation and just get up and walk out.  there’s always something going on, someone to talk with or something to do without having to make specific plans.

i just did that and ran into a neighbor who was on his way up to 68th street to buy some pound cake at rite aid.  i took the walk with him and learned quite a bit.  i learned that pound cake at rite aid is half the price it is at shop rite (not that i plan on ever really needing that information, but you never know when those types of fun facts will come in handy. . .). i learned that he is married to a paranoid schizophrenic and pays $156.00 a month rent to live on the corner of 1st avenue and 50th street.  he has a one bedroom apartment and pays almost $2,000 less a month than i pay for a studio just 2 blocks away. although he has no stove and i do.  i found out that he’s 68 years old and plays the lottery regularly. he used to be a doorman but now walks dogs in the neighborhood for a living so he can stay close to home in case his wife has an attack.  she calls him every 10 minutes or so to tell him that someone is trying to break into their home.  he can usually talk her down over the phone but sometimes he has to rush home to assure her that she’s safe.  she called 3 times on our walk to rite aid.

i’m back home now and feeling grateful.  i love this town.

“Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.”
Wayne Dyer

19 responses to “walking time

  1. I’m just a guy with a limerick reply…

    A wife of a man from the city,
    Is someone we really must pity;
    Her mind’s not the best,
    The man gets no rest,
    He told me the whole nitty-gritty.

    Compliments of Humorous Interludes

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  2. This was a very thought provoking post, thank you 🙂

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  3. viewpacific

    Feeling alone. Fear.
    Walking. Talking. Breathing air.
    Know we are one. Calm.

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  4. Haha, great post. Much of my own walking meditation is performed alone with my dog, but occasionally there are a few souls along the way that want a chat.

    Just yesterday there was an elderly couply who like to bring their dogs(Pilsner and Qualude) to the hospice centers and cancer wards. I asked for a hug from both of them when we parted ways, they were wonderful. Truely a great detour on my walking meditation

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  5. Walking meditation indeed, and what better place to do so…
    Love being alone with the energy of the people around me. When I listen to Kelly Clarkson ‘Stronger’ I feel closer to Manhatten, the best place to be alone with the world…

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  6. hey zen city,

    just stopping by to say hi and that I enjoyed your post. I figured since I saw you come across my zen honesty post on my blog I would take a look and visit those who enjoy my writing.

    I really enjoyed your entry, keep up the writing, I hope we can stay in contact! 🙂

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  7. Great post. Love the WD quote at the end, because it is so very true. Hooray or awareness and gratitude, in the midst of the chaos. Nicely done…

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  8. Love this post! I actually just got back from my own personal walk through the city. Definitely theraputic and a great tool to gather thoughts.

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