This walking meditation begins once the glass doors open to The Labyrinth of Material. Go in through the out door and out through the in, in through the out door and out through the in (raspberry berets are optional), and continue into the labyrinth after your third entrance/ exit.
Breath in. Your senses are fully alert. Walk by the rows of shopping carts; you have no need of them. What do you smell? Can you hear the buzz of florescence overhead?
You are now fully on the path of the Labyrinth of Material. Appreciate the use of your senses throughout your challenge; to complete the labyrinth, you must navigate every aisle in the store- it may be best to walk the exterior before the interior or the interior before the exterior- you must decide. Think not of the time invested, but the lesson to learn.
Become aware of all the things you do not need; they are everywhere- chicken wings, Hanna Montana T-shirts, Preparation H, turkey calls, pillows and the list goes on and on. Each department will challenge you with a variety of sensations. If something "calls" to you, if it is "on sale" and your heart begins to quicken telling you "You need this", acknowledge the desire, but keep on your journey.
And what should you do if someone wishes to talk to you? Simply state,”I am in the labyrinth.”
You may lose your sense of time. Try to keep your step even and intentional. Focus and wander aisle after aisle after aisle. As you near the end, observe what others are purchasing without judgment.
As you exit the labyrinth, turn to the cider block structure containing it and say “Thank you. I do not need your materials.” Bow and walk away.
Note: This is the first of a possible series of present day meditations.