This Week I am grateful for Walking
Weekly Gratitude Affirmation
Hello! I hope you’re keeping up well within life’s gifts of blessings, lessons, challenges, smiles, tears, sun and rain…
If you’ve read last week’s Gratitude Affirmation you know that I felt quite low as the heat wave in Germany had me on mind fog and tiredness (yes, eek, I did moan about the weather). I really want to say THANK YOU as your comments have been so lovely and encouraging!
I feel much better and a GRATITUDE WALK really helped me lift my mood.
It was time to ‘step up my gratitude game’, so one evening I decided to go for a walk around our village lake and really consciously and slowly take in all the little details around me. I didn’t take a camera, as I just wanted to see through my own eyes, just be fully me, blessed within everything around me.
So here are a few things I felt grateful for:
First of all, very grateful I moved my a** to get outside
The sight of the lake that has been my go-to sanctuary all my life
The swallows playing mid air and catching insects from the water surface
Feeling the temperature and texture change under my feet walking through light and shadow, grass, concrete…
Connecting to the earth thanking her for carrying me
Noticing how I walked more and more gently and carefully
For just being there, in the depth of a summer evening, the warmth embracing me, the very moment
Mosquitoes dancing in the glimmering sun
Coming home, cold water, feeling like I’ve reconnected with my soul and balance
Does this feel airy fairy? Hmmm, but I tell you IT WORKS! Open your eyes and heart and see the good stuff – the things that make you smile, that make you go WOW or simply feel utterly humbled… And of course you can then capture your gratitude in the ‘This Grateful Now Journal’ 🙂
Wow, this is all for me?!
One exercise we did during the ‘Radical Gratitude Retreat‘ with Will Pye (the gratitude guy) in Scotland, was walking silently and taking in everything with the idea of ‘Wow, this is all for me!’… To be honest, I didn’t feel it in the beginning – it felt very ego-based… I wanted the birds to be there for themselves, each sheep, each mountain to be them, not for me me me.
After I had a chat with Will, I began to understand. He didn’t mean to come from an ego perspective but to just be FREAKING HUMBLED by all of it – and us being given the chance to BE within ALL OF THIS ABUNDANCE. Wide-eyed, stunned, radically grateful!
The photos in the slideshow above were taken during my walk (and week on the isle of Erraid) – when I still thought of the beautiful sheep as totally not there for me, which, in practicality, she wasn’t really… but our paths crossed and I thanked her for being there… bringing a beautiful experience for me into existence 🙂 We’re all interconnected and all there for ONE another!
Will you try this exercise? I’d love to hear!
A Walking Meditation
This conscious walking becomes very meditative. To fully let go of all worries, thoughts and just fill ourselves with the absolute joy of being. It’s ok to start slowly. I often have my thoughts racing, especially when I start walking – so much time to think! But after a while of breathing and walking my mind settles. And especially taking in our surroundings fully, keeps the mind occupied in a good way 🙂
I absolutely love the book ‘SILENCE – The Power of Quiet in a World full of Noise’ by Thich Nhat Hanh.
The Zen Master mentions various ways of calming our ‘internal radio station’, Radio NST (Non-Stop Thinking) – the endless inner monologues even when we’re sitting still and are not talking, reading or consuming any other noise.
A WALKING MEDITATION is one amazing possibility.
Walking is a very good option for meditating if you don’t like to sit still. Walking slowly, enjoying the air, the feel of your feet on the ground, clearing your mind without trying to clear the mind. You just walk, and while you’re focusing on the walking, joy and awareness come naturally.
And the best thing is, you can do it everywhere at any time! It doesn’t have to be an hour. You can use those 5 minutes going to the bakery or from the bus stop to your office, from your meeting to the parking space. And when you do have time, you can walk 2 hours in the fields – It’s super flexible and calming in any life situation.
In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh:
“It brings you home to the here and now.”
So why not start today?
On your way to the bakery, to work, on the beach, in the forest, through the fields, wherever you are… take in the beauty around you or simply focus on your breath, each step and feel the quiet peace of your Now – of your life at this very moment.
With love & gratitude,
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