A few years ago, I started walking on a daily basis. Existing in a funky state of mind, walking cleared away the debris which allowed me to find some space, and in turn, opened my mind to new possibilities. Being nestled within the Prescott National Forest, I am fortunate to call nature HOME. Mere words hardly express how nature nurtures. In the words of my friend Kerani Marie, “Humans resonate with nature. Through nature we are ‘tuning in’ to our natural frequency.”
One of my favorite destinations on my neighborhood walk is a healing circle made of granite boulders. The Big Chief stands tall to the northwest. He is a strong, powerful presence at the healing circle. Over the years, many prayers and requests have gone into the healing circle. Beyond the healing circle, a dirt path heads into the forest. Another great spot along the path is sitting above the creek. This year Prescott had quite an abundant flow of water that filled not only the creek but my ears. What an amazing water symphony!
I know what you are thinking, “I don’t live in nature.” I can assure you, nature is everywhere. Every major city has parks, trees, flowers, even gardens. Look around and you will see that Mother Nature is cradling you in some way, shape or form. And even if nature is missing, walking is worth the effort.
Many clients ask me what they should do (exercise, breathing, yoga, weight lifting, etc). My response is always the same, WALK. While walking I see flowers, birds, bees, snow, hail, blue sky, pine trees, neighbors; I hear bird’s singing, water flowing, bees buzzing, wind whistling; I smell the pines and the earth, especially as it rains; I sense LIFE on all levels. AND, it gets me out of my repetitive thought pattern. Walking has been the gift that keeps on giving.
So, “GET OUT” and walk! Step out the door, put one foot in front of the other, and enjoy the view. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you. Be well… Nancy T