everything’s blooming walk

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Spring is upon us and it is the perfect time to get outside and observe nature changing. For instance, dry contracted and dense soil gradually transforms into moist, fertile, and fragrant soil that is essential for everything to bloom and grow.

This powerful energy is also within us creating the perfect time to shed the excess weight of winter, get rid of the sluggishness we have been feeling and to lighten up our bodies, minds and hearts by reconnecting with nature.

Step 1 Observe your surroundings

Walk slowly and observe the natural energy of the season, day, time or weather. Allow the smells of Spring to invigorate your whole body. As you breathe feel the fresh air entering your body. Let the renewal you are seeing fill you with optimism. Allow the sounds of birds singing open your heart. Savor the longer days of light and find joy in each moment of your day.

Step 2 Notice your current state of body and mind

How do you think and feel?
Let that connection inform your walk today.

Step 3 Focus on your feet

Feel the firm ground beneath you
trying to remain aware of your steps.

Step 4 Turn you attention to breathing

Lift your torso, roll your shoulders back and open your heart and chest. This will increase the space in your lungs to allow for deeper breathing. As you inhale, imagine you are drawing in renewed, healing energy. As you exhale, allow tiredness, tension, and stale energy to release from your body. Let the fresh flow of oxygen fill your lungs and every cell of your body. Let your breath anchor you as you visualize your body opening up and your mind ready to receive.

Step 5 Talk to yourself

Feel a sense of gratitude for all that you are experiencing in this moment. Agree to think positive and uplifting thoughts to lift your mood and make you feel more “connected” to yourself and the world around you. Let this renewed point of view nourish, expand, relax, and open your body and mind. As you walk let the awareness of time dissolve, there is nothing to be done.

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