There are so many different ways one can walk with spirit. You have to find what works best for you or is the most comfortable for you. In this writing, I’ll give you my approach and a couple of other suggestions.
Choose a time of day that works best for you. The early morning is most enjoyable for me since an evening walk affects my sleep. There is a beautiful silence, a stillness that blankets the Earth as the sun rises from behind the Sandia Mountains, casting streaks of light and gently separating the mountain shadow. The light brings the underlying colors of various trees and their bark as if revealing its true colors beneath the surface. It is a time of creatures awakening to a new beginning; a time for birds to welcome the day in celebration of song. It is a time where many things show change and give us a new view or glimpse of reality. There’s a crispness to the air that refreshes and invigorates us on the in breath. A deep breath helps to awaken you and stimulate your awareness to that which surrounds you such as the many variables to the color green. Perhaps it is just the artist in me that notices such things against the blue sky.
It is a time of awakening for many and perhaps that is why I enjoy the early morning hours on a road not yet awake to heavy morning traffic. Quail scamper in two’s as they cross or crisscross the road. By fall, it looks more like a school crossing for quail. My eyes scan the shrubbery and rocks as a rabbit holds in silence or a roadrunner ignores my presence.
My intention is usually to be open to whatever chooses to reveal itself, from the rare peregrine falcon soaring in the sky to the nest of newborn hummingbirds or the opening of new blooms on a honeysuckle bush that thanks me or responds in kind for mentally telling it how beautiful it is. Usually, it is the love and joy of nature that I carry with me as I smile.
Some people like to repeat a specific word with each step while others recite a prayer or mantra. Some will choose a word to emulate. I prefer to choose a word such as love, respect or kind and to illustrate it in action during the day. This is still a work in progress.
Next week I will share with you some more advantages of taking a relaxing walk in nature.
Wishing you love in all that you do,