I’m grateful for nature walks. There is something about the energy of nature that brings me peace. I have walked on some of my worst days, and it’s made them feel bearable. I walked through my grief of loving my dad and “special” mom (my dad’s partner of 21 years). I walked through surviving abuse and one of my closest friend’s son being murdered. I’ve walked through this pandemic and all the chaos of 2020. I’ve also walked on some of my greatest adventures. I’ve hiked, climbed, and experienced AWE of nature’s beauty. I’ve taken my kids to the top of mountains where we could experience the AWE together. I’ve stopped to feel the energy of trees that have been on this Earth for hundreds of years.
When I slow down enough, I can feel the purest form of energy pulsing through my limbs and soothing my soul. One of the things I love about the nature walks I do, I have to be where my feet are. I need to pay attention to where I’m stepping and watch for wildlife sharing the space. Just spending that time in the present moment brings me peace.
Today, I commit to enjoying a nature walk. This morning I’m looking forward to taking a walk just as the sun starts to warm the Earth. The beautiful thing about a walk is it doesn’t have to be long to have positive effects on us. As much as I love spending hours in the woods, I also love walking around our small community lake and watching all the birds gathering on their island and around the edges of the lake. I love hearing all their calls. I remember when I lived up North doing short winter walks especially after it snowed so that I could feel the snow crunching beneath my feet. Do you know all the walking places in your area? I keep discovering new ones around me. I’m amazed that there always seems to be more. I love tapping into the energy of peace by spending time walking in nature.