I walk every morning with my friend Dianne and my dogs. It is my exercise and my morning meditation.

Dianne has taught me a lot about the pathways through the woods, as I used to only walk the roadways around the lakes. (I admit to being directionally challenged at times.)

We are so fortunate to have one of the largest urban parks in North America. Rockwood Park is amazing, full of lakes, forest pathways, ducks, deer, birds, and even a few horses are in the barn for sleigh rides.

On Friday we blocked off some extra walking time, and we took a new path, one neither one of us had been down before.

With the leaves from the trees covering the pathway, we made a few ahem interesting turns. But instead of being on the smoothed out pathways through the woods, we were hiking through the bushes, manoeuvring (or should I say woman-ouevering 🙂 around frozen streams, and over rocks and fallen trees. I found myself laughing, silly, and joyful, like a kid on a new adventure.

Nature really exists to help us. It is part of us, restoring our souls and reminding us to smile and laugh because life is about enjoying each new adventure.

That morning hike inspired me and enabled me to work better and faster for my clients. In a few hours that morning, I drafted a previously challenging project, wrote my weekly blog, and prepped for a meeting.

That’s why I will continue to bundle up tight each morning to spend time with nature. I encourage you to do the same. Find a new place to walk or hike. Or sit near a lake or under a tree with your hot chocolate and listen to the silence.

Here’s a video from this morning’s walk at Rockwood Park.


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  2. Ruth Hegarty on December 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I do the same thing every morning with a friend and our dogs. It’s wonderfully healthy for the body & mind. I even use this practice with my coaching clients! The Japanese call it Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. Lovely video as well. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • Catherine on January 1, 2013 at 7:01 am

      I love that idea. It certainly feels like an energy bath!

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  4. BarbaraJPeters on December 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Getting out into nature is great for the mind, body and soul. Amazing what time out in nature can do for you. Great post.

  5. Carolyn Hughes on December 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I’m very fortunate to live in the country and being connecting with nature is a great de-stresser.
    Love that you enjoy walking so much too!

  6. Lyn on December 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    My darling English Setter died this past January and I miss walking with him so much. You are so lucky to have such a great park near you.

    • Catherine on January 1, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Thx, Lyn. I certainly am blessed with my pups. Hugs re your setter 🙂

  7. Sherie on December 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I love walking outside, too, with my little mini schnauzer. He might be small but he is energetic and is always up for a walk! It is such a centering experience. Great post!

  8. Michael Anne Conley on December 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Rockwood Park sounds stupendous. I really got there in spirit reading your post, Catherine. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and we also have many extraordinary places to walk. It’s always uplifting to walk, but moreso when in the woods!

  9. Lisa Frederiksen - BreakingTheCycles.com on December 22, 2012 at 2:17 am

    I absolutely agree — I must do something outside in nature daily – it’s what keeps me grounded. Your Rockwood Park sounds a great deal like our Wunderlich Park. Thanks for this post!

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  11. Sharon O'Day on December 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    My hour-long power walk each morning sets the pace for my day. I’m amazed at how much less productive I am when it gets rained out! Sounds like Rockwood Park does the same for you, Catherine … 😉

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