Our Blog: Thoughts from the Path

Joy. One step. One moment at a time.

Do you ever think about how much time you devote to thinking or worrying about what other people are doing, saying or why they’re doing or saying it?

Where does it get you? Do you ever discover the answer? If so, does the answer bring you joy and a feeling of well-being and connection?

Let me pose a thought for your consideration.

Each time you find yourself wondering why someone did or said something, instead of staying on that train of thought you moved your focus away from them and brought it to yourself. And when you bring your thoughts to your self, you let your thoughts float as you wonder about what it is that brings joy to your heart and tender self.

What if, instead of expending time and energy on other, you spend time and energy on you. You, the only person who has any control over how you live your life and what affects your life. You, the only person who can do anything about what you do or how you feel. You, the divine woman that you are and all you bring into this world.

What if, by noticing how you feel at any given point in time, you begin to see that how you feel directs your life. Do you want to feel good? How can you get to feeling good from thinking about all the wrongs in the world done by others?

Walking with a Friend can make a Positive Difference in Your Life

If it wasn’t for my walking buddy, I really don’t think I would get myself outside for walks. She is my support, my accountability and my encouragement. Having a friend to walk with 1-2 times a week has changed my life for the best.” Cheryl, WomenWalking member

Having someone to walk with can make all the difference in your life. It’s not just having someone to talk to, but having a companionship to stretch your boundaries and explore a little.

It may sound weird, but sometimes the thought of going out into the open space, even around your neighborhood, can feel scary; it can feel vulnerable. If you know you will be with someone, the whole idea of being exposed drifts away.

You are more willing to go and explore places you wouldn’t go by yourself. Just think of all the places you’d like to go and see but the very idea of going alone, stops you in your tracks. It ain’t gonna happen.

There’s something about the rhythm of walking that seems to seep into your very being, inspiring you to be aligned with the world around you. Walking is the pace of the earth. You can notice all the things that are unseen when you move in any way faster than a walk. 

The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary

Walking can be a joyful experience; bubbles of extraordinary contained within the ordinary of everyday walks. When was the last time you took pause to notice one of those small moments that brings such richness to life?

Shoes on, door open, slide back the ceiling to reveal the magic of the outdoors.

Even if only for a walk around your neighborhood. Nature is alive and perfect company. Birds are busy, flitting here, chirping there (have you ever witnessed two tiny birds chasing and screaming at a hawk?). What about the riotous colors, shapes and fragrances of plants and flowers (yes, we can dream of spring). Or the first snowfall that is so quiet, gentle and soft.

If you were inside exercising or on a treadmill, you might be thinking, “When am I going to be done? I’m so bored.” But if you were out for a walk, you’d be deep into the weave of it, living and breathing that fragment of day; caught up in that indescribably delicious space between sunset and dark.

The action of walking is different for each of us. A woman in a wheelchair came alive as she excitedly told about meeting a woman friend for a “walk” uptown. “We strolled around the town looking in shop windows, talking to people, having a bite to eat at a restaurant. It was just lovely.”

Walking is Life

You think about getting out for a walk but somehow time passes and it doesn’t happen. You think about joining a walking group but the timing never seems to work with your schedule. You think, Oh, if only I had someone to walk with, I’d feel motivated to go out. But you just don’t have anyone and it’s time consuming and frustrating to try to find someone. Now what?

Time for a change. Now. This moment. Time passes and whether or not you make a choice, you’ve made a choice. Even though saying it out loud can feel scary, take the step for you.

Nature awaits you right outside your door. Start small. Small successes grow and flourish. Go out to walk around the block. Or call a friend to meet you at the park or around town for a walk. Or find a group that’s out walking when it’s convenient for your schedule. Get yourself one or two women to walk with 1x a week that are looking for support and accountability, too.

Why is being outside so important? So many reasons but perhaps the more specific reason is that you are connected with nature from deep inside yourself and the you inside yourself knows it. It’s where we come from and part of who we are; part of the cycle of life.

As humans we often separate ourselves from our planet. We get inside our heads and forget that the life happening around us that’s non-human is as important as our lives. For what would we do without it? Who would we be without everything else?

Staying in connection with anything nature, even if they seem to be playing in the background – plants, flowers, weeds, pigeons, crows, squirrels – helps to keep our beings grounded and calm and inspires joy and creativity.

Plenty of studies show again and again, that nature in whatever form you find, has a calming effect on the human psyche.

Time to give yourself the gift of a small success. Step out for a walk with a friend today. You’ll be glad you did!

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