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Walking ~ The Joy of Being

Winter Solstice ~December 21, 2012

The sun is as far south as it will go in its orbit ~ the shortest day of sunlight.   A time for inward reflection and renewal.

To simply, Be.


December 2012

“The word “apocalypse” from the Greek apokalypsis ~ disclosure of knowledge; a lifting of the veil or revelation;representing the revealing of truth and awareness of the true nature of things.”

Here we are.  December. This last precious month of 2012.  Is this the beginning or the end?  Perhaps both.  Like the tide, things come and go.  Our lives, ever shifting and changing, continue to be ignited and enriched with,  joy,  suffering,  jubulance,  pain,  laughter,  sorrow, love..as we live from moment to moment.

To Do:  The question, “What to do?” asked by so many in response to the tragic deaths in Newtown, CT  ~ doing is a place we go when we are in grief,  frightened,  our mind in chaos, searching for an answer;  searching for  something to be done that will fix or change the circumstances.

The question becomes “How to be?”

To Be:  Be in this moment with all who suffer or Be in the moment of creating a memoriam honoring those gone and those suffering grief of loss or Be in a celebration of life.

Be with walking ~ with the grace that infuses the action of movement. Walk until you recognize yourself again.  Stop. Look.  Breathe.  Be with the world.  See the sky – deep blue, or gray and turbulent and  stars, brilliant in the night sky or noticeably missing; holiday lights, twinkle and shimmer; people going about their lives; the earth in transition; busy birds;  a smile your way.

Lovely Life – Gifts of living.  To Be in this present moment.

As walking partners, we become suffused with the energy of camaraderie, friendship and the depth of how good walking makes us feel;  as women we are alive in the joy of walking together in celebration of Being!

Wishing you Happiness and Joy in your festivities and throughout the New Year!


Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace is every step.

The shining red sun is my heart.

Each flower smiles with me.

How green, how fresh, all that grows.

How cool the wind blows.

Peace is every step.

It turns the endless path to joy.

Do you know..?

The next time you are out for a walk and have the privilege of spotting a baby deer, remember this.

As nature’s protection, a baby deer has no scent.  Mother leaves to forage for food and predator’s can’t smell the doe.

It’s important to leave the baby deer right where it is even if you can’t see its mom. She’s there somewhere and she will come back to feed her baby to keep it strong and nourished.

Women and Walking

When I first started this site for women who like to walk, to meet other women who like to walk, it was because I was new in town, didn’t know anyone and while I was out for walks, I would  see women (most often in pairs) out walking and chatting it up.  I thought, “hmm.. I would love to have a walking partner or two.”  It looked like fun. It’s also a good idea to have more than one walking partner for those pesky schedule differences. I’m not sure exactly how it came to me, but that scene in Working Girl where Melanie Griffith gives her elevator speech to the owner of the company (literally in the elevator) comes to mind. It was that simple. Women and walking are a natural. Look around. Who do you see walking together as partners enjoying outside. From city streets to out in nature, women walk and talk together. But lot’s of us don’t have a walking partner handy. What do we do? Join WomenWalking and find a walking partner near you!!

Thanks and Giving

Happy Thanks Giving!! 

Sending our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones for a bountiful celebration of life.

Gratitude to our members for your continuing partnership and support for Women Walking together everywhere.

In Celebration of Community,


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