I live in New York City, so I already walk a fair bit every day. But what I don’t do enough is slow down and enjoy it. It can be difficult sometimes because there will inevitably be someone walking faster than you. But I can handle the huffs and someone speeding around me in exchange for a lower stress level and a better mood. Which is exactly what it’s been doing for me.
Now, I’m not in a huge mood to write…I’m feeling the need for an early night with a book and the air conditioning on full blast, so I’ll keep this short.
I’ve been incorporating walking (and slowing down, really) into my daily routine in a few ways.
1.) Watching less TV means I went for a leisurely walk on the weekend and plan to do it again this weekend.
2.) Walking to the subway stop that’s further away on my commute home. And doing so slowly. I’m rarely in a huge rush to get home, and slowing down and enjoying the sunshine helps me decompress from the workday.
3.) Taking the scenic route to my destination. If I’m going to the grocery store or running other errands and no one is expecting me at a certain time, I’ll walk a little bit slower and a little further.
4.) Taking a ten minute walk after lunch when the weather and my schedule allow. Much better than a smoke break. 🙂
The more I meditate and try to slow down, it feels like I get more productive and more relaxed. Either way, I feel better, and that’s what matters.
If you need some motivation to get walking, read this list of ten reasons why you should head outside right now.
Reflecting on my meditation…
I did my regular meditation today PLUS meditation at work. I do see the benefit of the ten minutes I do in the morning, but I feel like the half hour I spent at work was more productive somehow. It left me the time to lose my focus, recalibrate, and go a little deeper into the meditation. I became so relaxed that I had to remind myself to sit up straight. It was like I was falling asleep without falling sleep. I wish I could do that every day–it made every part of me feel better, like I had had a great nap.