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.