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The Love Of Walking

Here’s the one thing I love more than anything else about walking. I always feel right and centered when I start stretching my legs and swinging my arms, moving into the rhythm of the walk – whether hiking, meandering, breaking a sweat or simply walking fast. I feel enlivened and in sync, not just because it feels good to shake a leg (or a tailfeather) but, also because I feel proud of myself for throwing back the covers, chasing away the sleep, groaning out of a comfy bed and going for it when I sort of didn’t want to.

And, there’s more…I feel terrific afterwards. Not only during and right after my walk, but the euphoria lingers and follows me throughout the day, keeping me company as a reminder for next time I hesitate.

When you take your first steps out, stop, look around at your surroundings, look up at the sky. Smell the air. Breathe in with your senses. See the trees. The color of the sky. Are the stars shimmering or the sun shining bright? Is the wind whispering or are the trees standing silent as sentries, watchful – protecting.

Take a walk. Call a friend to join you. Get in touch with another member. We’re here. Enjoy!

Welcome October

As the earth burrows more deeply into autumn, we see evidence of  changes in preparation for hibernation.  The change is more subtle some places and more vivid in others, but still there when we stop to look and see.

Walking in nature helps us to realize how much the earth is in constant transition. There is a revolving ebb and flow of growth, change and death of life all around. Funny how the death of, say a dandelion, doesn’t seem painful, but beautiful. It begins as a little green sprout, shooting up through the ground as stem and leaves.  Suddenly there appears the pod that turns into a familiar, brilliant yellow flower.  Time passes and the next time we walk by, there is an amazing globe of white stars that requires picking and blowing so we can watch them float in the sky while the  wind carries the seeds back to earth so the process can begin again. It doesn’t seem like death at all, but merely a step in the natural process of life. The flower going back to earth so it can come again soon.

It is hard to notice earth in change walking the pavement. Find a park, find a footpath, climb a mountain. I encourge us all to stop and notice the small things, no matter what path we are traversing – it is so often those small details creating an ah-ha! moment we can carry in our pocket for a long time.