“It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker.”
–Henry David Thoreau
Maybe you use a Fitbit, Apple Watch or other “activity tracker” to give you feedback based on your movements throughout the day. I’ll admit that I’m a junkie for information about my daily steps. The physical benefits of walking abound.
But it occurred to me one morning that I regularly walk as much for my soul, my body sort of tagging along while my mind focuses on solving problems.
If you have difficulty sitting still to meditate, then try doing it while you walk. Given fall’s cooler days and crisp air, you might be surprised at what you learn along the way.
No doubt you’ll see your breath and increase your heart rate, but you also might realize an ability to solve a creative challenge or finish an argument within your own mind.
Most days, I try to quiet the chatter in my head and concentrate on the rhythm of my feet hitting the pavement, each breath filling my body with renewed energy.
You can walk anywhere at any time; no one will know that you are shutting the world out and meditating as you stroll along. Twenty minutes is a good amount of time to restore calm and balance, and the daily effort will reveal long-term benefits.
We are entering that frenetic time of the year – the holiday season – when we are pushed and pulled in so many directions. It’s important to set aside time in the next few months to lace up your sneakers and allow life to unfold one step at a time.
You might notice your thoughts becoming clearer, your heart opening, and your body working more in synch with your mind.
Simply put one foot in front of the other and let go. You never know where you might end up!