One of the things I do to reconnect to my self is to go for a walk. I love walking. I love aimlessly walking through my neighborhood streets, I love waving hello to neighbors on their own walks, I love walking and talking with a friend, and luckily, I have a dog that loves to walk as well. (Don’t say the word “walk” around her, unless you mean it!) There’s something about a body in motion in this way — it clears my head, and serves as a sort of meditation. Sometimes, it’s a meditation on something I want to solve or work out. I’ll head out on a walk not knowing what to do only to return with a solution and an energized feeling of possibility. And I didn’t even do any heavy thinking! Walking seems to naturally give rise to the solutions.
Perhaps my favorite form of walking is hiking in the woods. Here is where I feel most alive, most at peace. There’s nothing like some good ol’ nature to help put the rest of the world on pause. What I like best is when I take the time to notice, to bring awareness to my surroundings. Every step is something new: a discovered pattern made by shadows, a downed log with interesting fungi on it, or even a turtle on the path. Noticing these small things reminds me that I am just one small part of this big world and that (not to get all woo woo) we are all connected to each other, to the world. Thinking about that connection helps bring me back to my connection to my self.
This post is part of Think Kit 2011.