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A Different Kind of Walk


Here’s an entirely different kind of walk that I want to suggest. One that has brought me much joy and many insights over the years.

I call it a “Meditative Walk.”

We all know that walking is good for our health, but what is a “Meditative Walk”?

For starters, it’s a contemplative walk. A being-in-the-moment walk. No particular place to go. No special pace to keep. No total distance to calculate. Just a walk.

A walk where you notice what it feels like to touch the ground with your feet. A walk where you feel your arms swish by your side.

A place where you actively listen for the urban sounds of a horn honking, a tire squealing, a truck backing up. Where you thoroughly relish the rural sounds of a bird chirping, a creek babbling, a tree’s branches blowing in the wind.

A perspective from where you cann see the majesty of a tall building, view the splendor of a blue sky, or savor the palette of a setting sun.

A Meditative Walk. A moment in time where you let go, surrender, and become cognizant of life’s blessings. It’s a truly beautiful experience just waiting for you to embrace.

Go for a “Meditative Walk.”

The Experiment: Set aside 20-30 minutes one day this week to go for a Meditative Walk. A quiet walk. No headphones. No cell phone. No one but you. Focused on the moment at hand.

It has the potential to transform your life!

Silence Your Inner Critic: Your thoughts will try to convince you’re too busy or the experiment sounds too boring. Step back behind those thoughts. Why not open yourself up to something new? Just this once. And then see where one Meditative Walk can lead you.

Rock Our World with Your Comments: What did you discover in your Meditative Walk? Write your thoughts in a personal journal, discuss with a friend or family member, or post a comment below or on our Facebook page. We thrive and grow with your input!

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