Walking has been on my mind a good deal recently. A friend was asking me about how I was adjusting to city life and I found myself telling her that I found the life much more simple and much more contemplative. I am walking much more and more "present", if that makes any sense. While my yoga and meditation practices have lessened, I still feel like I'm practicing daily and I attribute those feelings of "centeredness" to my walking around more - being on the ground and in the present. While I'm not advocating giving up cars, as I have fallen in love with MalibuKen, I do think that there is something that keeps life (for me) a bit more real than driving around in a pod. My life seems a bit more deliberate these days. I do know that there are certainly other factors at play, but citylife = simplerlife for me.
Walking is also benefiting me just in the caloric burn of moving around more. I'm less static these days. I try to structure my life such that I need to walk to the store every couple of days for something. Yes, I could make one big trip in MalibuKen and stock up for a month, but that keeps me from moving, keeps me off the streets, keeps me on the couch, keeps me isolated. It really is a shift in lifestyle and one that provides me with some interesting and unexpected benefits.
I was listening to Dr. James Levine, author of Move A Little, Lose A Lot who had some interesting things to say about just interjecting more movement in our everyday life, and not necessarily in the form of exercise. It would be interesting to see just how much more activity we could create in our lives if we practiced his suggestions with some conviction.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Practice Walking as a Lifestyle.