“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe
Listen to the audio for a mantra and breathing technique.
(Partial Transcript of Guided Meditation)
As the new year opens with all of its potential and emptiness waiting to be crafted, we may choose to commit to a daily or weekly walking meditation practice.
After the celebrations and festivities, we may find plates full of crumbs.
Twenty minutes a day or less creates a meditation habit better than once a week for an hour. In line with mindfulness, let go of trying and just move without judgment or attachment to results. If you are a morning person, head out in the morning. If you are a night person, head out after dinner. Try to turn off your phone and head out alone to connect with nature. This beautiful world speaks quietly and requires our soft open attention.
Gather up whatever you need to stay warm or cool on your walk, and make the time your sacred space of time.
Use your senses to contact nature through touching a flower or a tree’s bark. Smell the scent of burning wood in the air. Sit on some grass or a large stone to feel the earth beneath you. There is a grounding quality that settles the spirit when we set out and fold ourselves into the natural world. Give this gift to your spirit every day if you can.
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do” - Eleanor Roosevelt
A Journaling Prompt for the writers out there:
What from the year past can I send flying with the seed and bread I throw in the woods?
What do I want to give away to make space for?
A poem written inside the soft sides of hundreds of
seagulls along a coastal walk:
One loaf of bread
inspiring us down
to the edge of a
From their slumbered hiding
Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes of playing a poor hand well.”
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and making photographs outside in nature.
In this year, may we all Soar Together on this shared planet?
Thank you for joining me.
Millman, D. (1992). No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior’s Guide to Daily Life (Millman, Dan) (First Printing ed.). HJ Kramer.
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