During a recent visit back home, I went to the Unitarian Church with my mom. The sermon was about walking. Yes, walking! Not being a traditionally religious type of person, this is my favorite type of sermon.
The minister pointed out that there are many styles of walking. Commuting. Exercising. Dog walking. Some people walk with friends for company. Some with music. But far less frequently you encounter someone who is clearly walking with a deeper purpose. Someone who appears to be really in tune with their surroundings and is truly present.
Given my busy life, I find it hard to justify taking a walk with no purpose other than to simply be present with my mind, body and spirit. Especially now that I'm participating in the Go Green Get Fit Challenge, I am usually out walking for exercise.
I had the chance to go for a mindful walk this past week up at a friend's cabin in the woods of Wisconsin. One of my favorite things ever is walking in the woods and I had a rare opportunity to go for a walk all by myself! Instead of thinking about what I planned to cook for dinner or the errands I needed to run when I got home, I just walked. And breathed. And listened. And smelled. And enjoyed.
(Meanwhile I did get in 2 runs and a bunch of swimming in while at the cabin - so I'm still adhering, at least somewhat, to my fitness goals!)
Have you ever taken a walk with a meditative purpose?