“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” -Raymond Inmon
There are many ways to meditate and one of my favorite ways is to walk in nature. When I walk intentionally I leave my music headset at home. The most precious insights I have discovered about my life and relationships have come from walking in nature alone or with my dog.
Once many many years ago something dreadful happened in my life and I felt pain down to my very soul. I was in so much emotional pain I could hardly breathe.
I remember being home alone and spiraling down, down, down. I felt if I hit the bottom of the metaphorical well there would be no way back up. That was a pivotal spiritual moment for me…I had a choice. I could wallow in my self-pity or move my feet. Somehow instinctively I knew that I had to get outside and walk!
I picked up a jacket, put on my sneakers and whistled for my dog Sadie. She was my soul companion and that day we walked for miles. We walked with no destination in mind…we walked and walked mile after mile. I do not know how far we went, but I remember clearly that when we finally returned home, I was different. My perspective of what had happened shifted. I literally walked to save my life that day!
It took a few months to work through all the details of that time, but I never spiraled down like that again. It was after that day that I came to realize how walking alone in nature was a true meditation for me. To this day, whenever I am not sure about something, I walk, and I always come home with some sort of insight.
Part of self-love is to know how to make choices that support and empower you on life’s journey.