I understand runners high. I’ve never had it, but even when I walk I get to that place of total calm; of letting go of thought and allowing my body to move me easily and effortlessly.
I walk for my physical health. It’s a must.
For the last couple of years I’ve had cholesterol numbers that are higher than I want them to be. I know that if the numbers keep creeping up, the doctor will eventually want to put me on meds. And I’m not taking meds for something I can manage through a healthier lifestyle. Some people think it’s strange that I have any kind of cholesterol issues given my diet but that goes to show you that it’s not all about diet.
I find that when I walk I’m inspired with streams of consciousness that flow through me as bright bolts of brilliance. I have my best ideas when I walk. I almost always have. I used to carry a little tape recorder when I walked so I could catch those streams. The problem is, once I’m conscious of the thoughts, I tend to lose them. I’ve noticed the more I have those experiences, the more often those streams of consciousness, or channeling, come forth when I write.
I walk for spiritual awareness. To be fully present.
There are few activities that make being present so easy. Dancing comes to mind. When I walk I usually begin with a mind full of monkeys but somewhere along the way I move from my head to my body and once I am fully engaged with the rhythm of my body’s motion, I became fully present and aware of my body and my surroundings. Thoughts flow in and out easily. I don’t try to be. I just let myself be.
I walk because I love to walk and because my body deserves all that I have to give in return for all its given me…..