A time for reflection

Published 11:42 am Monday, October 1, 2012

Chris Anderson sends walkers on their way during Saturday morning's walking meditation at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.

Roughly 10 people spent a few hours away from the hustle and bustle in Austin Saturday.

The Jay C. Hormel Nature Center held its second walking meditation event Saturday morning as a time to get away.

“I just felt like it would be a good opportunity to get people out at the Nature Center,” said Chris Anderson, a Nature Center volunteer who organized the event for quiet reflection.

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Many people came out with their children, binoculars or cameras.

“[It’s] just kind of coming out with the intention of … some quiet time for yourself and to get to enjoy the plants and animals, the beauty out here,” Anderson said.

Many of the events at the Nature Center are geared toward entertaining children, so Anderson said he saw this as a change of pace.

“I thought it would be nice to have something that’s just a little bit more quiet and calm, just more internal,” he said.

The participants started in the Ruby Rupner Center and moved outside to the trails by the cabin.

People found a secluded area to themselves and walked quietly. Anderson led the group with a breathing exercise where participants counted the number of steps they took in one breath. They also had mantras or phrases to think about as they walked.

Anderson said the event is one he’d like to do again.