This morning we woke up to a thick sea mist here in Cornwall. We had breakfast and by the time we had finished the sun was breaking through and the weather was perfect for a walk.
We set off on a walk to a cafe in St Morgan which is about a mile and a half away. It was a really beautiful walk on tracks that went through woods and by a stream. We all totally loved it.
The walk was long enough to tire even Beau the Poodle out. For most of the walk she was running backwards and forwards but by the end she was plodding too.
It got me thinking how a good walk through the countryside is an amazing way to be mindful. Here’s why…
1) As you walk in the countryside you are likely to notice the beauty around you, especially when you are somewhere new. You can only have one thought at once so recognising the views that you are seeing, and stopping to appreciate them, prevents you from worrying about things. Perfect!
2) When you walk for a distance that tires you out then the likelihood is that you will become aware of your body. Whether it is the tiredness in your legs or a dry throat as you start to get thirsty. Connecting your mind and body in this way is a great thing to do. It means that when you have rested and feel good again you will value feeling on top form.
3) Walking gives your mind, and the thoughts within it, valuable time to settle. So often we rush around with thoughts of the future occupying us completely. When you walk for pleasure you mind can adjust to the slower pace and can enjoy a break from the pressure that it is usually subjected to.
If you fancy making your life more mindful then come on a Revitalise Session to get started. You will be amazed at the difference that a mental break can make.