Five Spiritual Ways to ‘Clock’ your Walk

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Did you think meditation and mindfulness is something one does ‘specially’? We do it all the time but just don’t ‘clock’ it. Here are five ways to make the usual walk less dreary, more ‘mindful’ as they say these days and add to your peace and contentment. January 2021.

People are walking wherever they are…
…and jogging
Primroses are opening up

If you think meditation is something you do by finding a quiet corner of the home, wearing loose clothes and sitting cross legged while trying to ‘ease’ your mind, banish the thought. The same, if not more, benefits can be gained by going for a walk around the corner or some nice little park/garden or even a good sidewalk. In most places, one or more of the stated spots are available. In the UK, definitely.

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So here are some things you need to do to put it in practice:

Daisies popping out of lush green sidewalks
  1. Dress for a walk as soon as: If you rise and don’t dress for a while because you need to have the first cup of coffee/tea and then dawdle, look at the phone messages, YouTube etc then there is a lot of work to do. Answer nature’s call. No, not just the private one but the public one-the clarion call of early Spring! Even if the sun is not out, the sun is out. The day has begun and other life forms are doing their thing-flowers, birds and trees around you. In fact, they can be inspiring and happiness making, if only you could join in. So as soon as you visit the toilet, chuck the dressing robe and don something decent and warm so that when the inspiration comes, you will simply wear the shoes and out the door! This is not the time to think about it too hard. Save the thinking for issues that need it.
  2. Admiring other life forms includes wildflowers on the sidewalk: Daisies, calendulas, primroses are making an appearance on the sidewalks. While you are walking, put your mind in ‘neutral gear’ or ‘idle’ and don’t look at the phone, watch or any other item. Come out from the ‘internal’ and seek the ‘external’.
  3. You will find people doing exercise, pleasurably and that adds to motivation: If you were sitting at home and looking at others going about outside, don’t let the brooding and ‘I simply don’t have it in me’ and ‘some people just have more’ feeling get to you. Join them. They probably have it worse but they do things and don’t let it get to them. Inertia-the first law of motion, applies to us humans. We get into a state of inertia and find it difficult to get out of it. So move to the next law- an object in motion….
  4. Look up at that wonderful sky and be thankful, you can. You could have been worse. Say no more.
  5. Smile at the flowers and other things that are putting on their ‘shows’ without a ‘charge’ or ‘ticket’- how wonderful. The great gifts from nature come free (see Tagore’s poem).
Cyclamen are peeping out blushfully
Netherlands, dog walking

 

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