How to Find the Peace That Will Change Your Life
Walking outside has transformed my life.
To be clear, I’m not an avid walker. In fact, I go through spells of abandoning my walking practice completely.
But when the wheels on my bus start falling off, I know how to get back on track. I lace up my shoes and head outside to reconnect with the universal energy that is our foundation; Mother Earth.
“I love walking in the woods, on the trails, along the beaches. I love being part of nature. I love walking alone. It is therapy. One needs to be alone to recharge one’s batteries.” ~Grace Kelly
Headphones and tennis shoes guided me through a period of ‛dark nights of the soul’ after being diagnosed with a serious and sometimes debilitating illness. I learned early on that the path to healing my body would also involve healing my mind. Walking became, and remains, a foundational healing vehicle for both my body and mind.
I walked and walked and walked on trails and sidewalks, through neighborhoods and secluded natural settings, around lakes and along-side rivers. Being outside and moving my feet became my lifeline.
Through the gift of technology, I immersed myself digitally in the works of inspirational thinkers and transformational masters. Drowning out the voice of my inner critic, their words of wisdom, comfort and healing gradually shifted my thoughts from fear to possibility.
I became aware of the connection between my thoughts and my reality.
And as my thoughts have changed, so too, has my reality. Not overnight for sure; walking is not a band aid. But, they’ve ultimately propelled me toward an interesting life journey, providing countless revelations and epiphany’s, and initiating paradigm shifts that have been truly transformational.
Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you. ~Native American Proverb
These days, I prefer walking in silence, sans headphones or companionship. Alone with my thoughts I’ve developed a stronger connection with myself and my environment.
My once dulled senses have reawakened to the sounds of nature. And as my lungs drink in the smell of the earth, my skin absorbs the energy of the day, while my eyes take in the beauty of the changing of seasons.
Sometimes I document nature’s beauty through the eyes of innocence by shooting a daily photo. Capturing the tiny details of the life that surrounds me, yet mostly goes unnoticed, has broadened my awareness of gift of life. I pay closer attention and take pleasure in simplicity.
My renewed sense of awareness has also awakened my connection to the voice of my spirit and feelings of joy. Peeling back disconnected layers of my personality has revealed authenticity that fits me like a glove. And I am learning how to weather the storm of life in an increasingly noisy and disconnected world.
Recently I took a walk on a less than perfect weather day. It was foggy, gray, windy and misting heavily. My cheeks were cold and red and my nose was running.
Yet…it was absolutely exhilarating! Mother Nature was feeling forceful, and I, right in the middle of it, felt invigorated. The energy felt strong, yet playful and not to be ignored.
Connecting with Earth’s energy has always served me well. For much of my childhood, being alone outside was where I found peace. That holds true to this day. A walk outside always calms my chaotic mind.
It dawned on me in that moment, that two-year olds, wailing at the door to go outside, know something that, as adults, we’ve forgotten. Outside is where they feel the strongest connection to the source that gave them form on this planet.
Their first year of life was spent observing and absorbing a new environment; learning how life on this planet works. Now as two-year-old’s, their brilliant brains remember that outside is where the good stuff is.
Outside offers the strongest connection to all that is. Toddlers and animals know this.
We fall asleep to this magic as we grow up, settling into our roles in life and creating separation through our need to belong.
As inhabitants of this planet, we have much to unlearn.
That is the purpose of the journey, my friend.
Fear not, for peace awaits us outside the door.