Being mindful by going for a walking meditation around my neighbourhood:
I’ve come to deeply appreciate my walking meditations, a stroll around the neighbourhood that fill my soul with joy.
I’ve always enjoyed a good walk; it’s one of the things I miss the most since becoming unwell.
I used to go on long walks all the time: coastal tracks, forest hikes and countryside strolls. Living in Australia, I’d often start the day with a walk by the sea, and take an invigorating power walk at lunchtimes.
I love being outside and was feeling pretty depressed about being cooped up in the house – mainly in my bedroom – all day long, every day.
As part of my recovery plan, I started taking short walking meditation around my neighbourhood. I was resistant to the idea at first, wondering how I could possibly enjoy a walk around the houses?! How could it begin to measure up to my Aussie daily coastal walks?
I gave it a go, and soon discovered the perfect circuit. Needing to start slow, this takes around 10 minutes, and has nature to admire in abundance to admire: including a green open space with a brook running through it, magnificent trees and bushes, flowers and birds.
Most days, if wellness allows, I walk this circuit and try to tune out my thoughts and focus on my senses instead.
On this perfect English summer day, I saw the birds perched in the magnificent trees as the branches swayed in the breeze, the winding brook that is now low in water, the dogs playing happily together while their owners watched on, the colourful flowers in full bloom, and the sweeping hills and farmers’ fields in the distance.
I listened to the birds chirping, the dogs barking excitedly, their owners chatting, and the wind gently rustling the leaves on the trees.
I felt the coolness of the gentle wind against my skin, the warmth of the sun shining down, and the tickling of the long uncut grass on my feet and ankles.
It was pure bliss and I arrived back home feeling happy and grateful that I took the time to appreciate all that Mother Nature has to offer.
So with that in mind, my happy for today is being mindful by going for a walking meditation around my neighbourhood.