For me it was my daily walks... though in my past I had always been active I never actually had something as simple as a daily walking practice.
Working out in a gym with friends is so much fun, but after almost a year of walking outdoors everyday I am sold in a whole new way. I don’t know if I can fully put into words just how special it is and for all the reasons why.
I can definitely say I appreciated every season this year on a whole new level, more then ever before in my life, watching spring time everything coming to life, watching through summer everything so alive & feeling the sunshine and warmth, and OMG loving Fall & into winter enjoying the change of colors of leaves & just watching the changes of nature unfold before my eyes with each passing day. I can’t say that I have ever in my life appreciated the fall/winter season as I have this year. Listening to the birds, appreciating even windy days in a whole new way, as the wind speaks through the trees, and loving how even on the days that were the hardest for me to say yes to myself I would somehow still muster the strength and will to go, always giving myself permission to walk as slow as needed, and for as short as felt right on the harder days.
I’ve always even been into hiking, but it was more like once /week and here and there ... I used to put so much emphasis in my mind on needing it to be an official hike in a park or somewhere “special” to be worthy or enjoyable, yet this year taught me how to just truly enjoy nature in the most simple forms - celebrating and enjoying even a walk through my neighborhood, noticing the different trees or rose bushes in the yards, or a stroll on our creek trail, and even walking through the empty college campus laughing at the flocks of geese, dodging duck poop, taking in the beauty of the old buildings and architecture.
Walking: It seems like such a small task (and for some it is) but for me it has become so much more. It is a ritual now I never want to let go of, because it has become so much more then a walk. And, this is my go to when I notice the mind popping and me feeling like I haven’t made progress on my healing journey... I think of these walks and it reminds me I am winning, in sooooo many more ways then one!
I am so grateful for my feet for carrying me for miles everywhere I have been, and for the beautiful life that exists all around us at all times when we are looking for it.
Beauty is everywhere.