It is Sunday where I live and the sun is shining. I don’t really need a reason or an excuse to go for a walk. Since the 10,000 step craze started we usually add 10 to 20k to the counter. It isn’t just the act of putting one foot in front of the other (that is important for physical and mental health) and it isn’t just about the destination (10k steps) however much I focus on getting to where I am going. It can and should be about the stroll.
What do your senses tell you about the journey. Is the light glinting off water? Are there buds on the trees? Robins, waxwings, nuthatches and chickadees are singing. You might even hear a warbler. I always enjoy the smells of the season. There is a wift of campfire and a hint of bbq in the air. The yeast plan and the brewery are steaming away and it is clear that a skunk passed by (or someone using something medicinal).
My feet appreciate the pathway but relish the softness of the earth when I escape the prescribed route and trek across the grass. The breeze on my face is still cool but the sun is endeavoring to raise the temperature and there is a dampness in the middle of my back.
I pick up my pace and can feel my heart raise it’s tempo. My breath is deeper and my lungs love the expansion of deeper inhaling. I chance to meet someone who I haven’t seen in years and a conversation, at first tentative and then intimate ensues. I notice changes in the neighbourhood that aren’t visible at a different speed (driving or biking).
The walk is good for me. Good for my soul. It can be good for you too.
Make Today Remarkable,by taking a walk,