I was thinking of an Eckhart Tolle DVD I have been watching and some things he said about meditation and I was wondering if repeating a mantra while walking would work for meditation. I fell into saying the mantra in my head in a loud voice and kept up the repetition as I walked.
After what appeared to be a short time I looked at my phone and it had been about 20 minute. I looked to my left and I had stopped beside a wooden sign nailed to a tall tree about 40' away. It said Canterbury Ranch Site, 1878 to 1913. I stood for a couple minutes with my eyes closed and let the quiet of meditating sink in and then continued on.
As I was walking up and around the flat named Canterbury Ranch my mind was just kind of wandering. I was feeling a moments quietness and looking unfocused up the hill. I thought I caught the smell of strong, sweet pipe tobacco and stopped and took a long breath. There was nothing resembling pipe tobacco in the air, but as I stood there I had this very distinct thought form of a large barrel chested man with a light colored cowboy hat and a light colored western style shirt that was stretched tight across his chest, pulling at the buttons. He had this really laid back, people loving, confident personality. I think he was sitting on the something like the edge of a front porch with his back against a post or something like that, smoking a pipe.
This part sounds a little weird, but I "felt" all these details and if I was a good artist I could draw what he looked like from this "feeling". He had an easy, pleasant but tough without being rough kind of a face and an easy knowing smile. His confidence was very easy and very sure. I felt like the guy was just saying, "Hi kid" (I'm no kid, except in my mind). "Life's good isn't it."