Walking has always been my preferred form of exercise. I find it such an enjoyable activity that I don’t even think of it as exercise. I am so fortunate to live surrounded by trees, water and mountains, where I can take several daily ‘forest baths’ with my husband and dogs.
No matter where you live, though, walking daily has immense benefits, as the first resource I share below so eloquently describes. It’s a fantastic way to have a meeting with someone, much more pleasant and productive than sitting at a conference table. I highly recommend doing it without a smartphone.
My second resource below is a resource where I learned about someone I had never heard of, a woman who called herself “Peace Pilgrim,” who walked across the U.S. for 28 years, carrying a message of peace for anyone who would listen. You can even get a copy of a book about her for free here.
Finally, if trying a walking meditation appeals to you, see my third resource below.
As I write, many robins are flying around and landing outside my window in the late winter sunshine. The days are getting longer, and spring will be here soon!
Why Long Walks Will Change Your Life
Walking Into Wholeness walking meditation
Being open and curious are high values for me, and something I’ve noticed is that some of the most incredible wisdom and insight that I’ve gained recently has come from people it would have been so easy to pass by. We tend to adhere to the same sources and resources, but just imagine how much we can gain from allowing the wisdom of someone we might have dismissed to enter our realm.
I love to learn, especially topics related to personal growth. This entry is going to be short and sweet, because what I really want to do is lead you to these three brilliant, young men who have truly changed my life. They’re all around half my age, about my son’s age. But that really doesn’t matter, because they’ve all shared themselves and their wisdom in such an inspiring, personal and genuine way that they’ve all inspired me to be more authentic, too. As a baby-boomer woman, I could have taken the attitude ‘what can they possibly teach me,’ but I’m so glad I didn’t.
I hope you will explore what they have to offer, and remain open and curious to wisdom and viewpoints of people who appear nothing like you on the surface. It just might allow you to realize how much more alike we all are than different.
Justin Michael Williams: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us and so much more
Sah D’Simone: The person who truly opened my eyes to abundance mindset
David Gandelman: Spiritualim + humor