I’ve mentioned Julia Cameron before with regards to Morning Pages. Another routine she is adamant to maintain is the weekly walk.
This is not the cardiovascular exercise walk to increase heart rate, but rather a long, slow meander to increase mental observation and emotional well-being.
- Intentionally slow your pace and shorten your gait.
- Pay attention to the ground: is it soft and smooth, gravelly and hard?
- Notice the grass, the dirt, the creepy crawlies.
- Look at the sky and watch the birds flit about, the leaves dance in the wind, the clouds float by.
- Focus on colors – not generic colors such as green and blue – but specific colors like indigo or pine.
- Strain to hear the soft hum of the bees around the flowers or the squirrels scampering up trees.
At the very least, I come home with a sense of wonder and renewal. Perhaps that will happen for you as well.
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Of course, I prefer to take these leisurely strolls through a local park or arboretum, but the same benefits can be achieved by ambling through my neighborhood. Walking slowly, mindfully, and observing often ignored details is what matters most… not the specific location.
The next post in this Journaling series: Y is for Yearly Word