I wanted to call my blog post mindful walking, but it isn’t really mindful walking in the strictest sense. It isn’t about paying attention to your feet touching the ground with each step, noticing sensations or how your body feels.
It is about taking a moment away from the busy-ness of our everyday and slowing down. Taking a walk away from the madness, being aware of what is around you, really noticing the sounds and smells. Finding that tiny bit of peace in the middle of a day of craziness we have become so accustom to.
Taking a walk somewhere away from the madness
Take today. It was a normal day, but normal is busy and lunch has traditionally been eating at my desk and working. Literally following in the footsteps of my friend, I have started to go for walks at lunchtime. Sometimes on my own, sometimes with my friend. Today I went on my own.
The walk to a nearby lake is through a high street. It isn’t a busy high street, but busy enough to be full of people whose only purpose is to walk from A to B. The lake is about 10 minutes away, but eventually a small bridge crosses over a river, leading to the lakeside. The change is immediate. The people are there because they want to be.
The change is immediate. The people are there because they want to be.
There is a stillness, a peace that simple doesn’t exist in the hustle and bustle of a high street. I enjoyed warmth of the sun, the cold wind blowing across my face. The sounds of the wildlife, the sun reflecting off the surface of the water and the autumnal colours on the trees. All that mattered to me was enjoying that very moment.
Alas, all things must end and I needed to head back to the office. I left the tranquillity of the lake, almost immediately into a world where people are going too fast to notice what is really around them. It may not be for everyone, but an hour away from everything sure beats sitting at a desk eating a cheese sandwich.
an hour away from everything sure beats sitting at a desk eating a cheese sandwich.