Many of us take the benefits of walking for granted. Each day we limit the steps we take by driving or sitting for long periods of time. But walking even a short distance each day has unlimited benefits…not only for our health, but our spirit as well.
Walking lets our body remember simpler times, when life was less complicated. Instead of running from place to place or thinking about how much more we can fit into our day, walking allows us to exist in the moment. Each step we take can lead us to becoming more mindful of ourselves and our feelings. Walking slows us down enough not only to pay attention to where we are in our body, but also to our breath. Taking time to simply notice our breath while we walk is taking a step towards mindfulness. When we become more mindful, we gradually increase our awareness of the environment around us and start to recognize that the normal flow of our thoughts and feelings are not always related to where we are in the present moment. By walking and practicing breathing mindfully we gain a sense of calm and tranquility…the problems and troubles of the day slowly fade away because we are in the ‘now’.
The simplicity and ease of a walking allows us to create time, space and awareness of our surroundings and of the wonders that lie within. Taking a few moments to walk each day and become more aware of our breath will in turn open the door for the beauty of the world around us to filter in.
Have a pleasant walk.