Updated: Apr 24, 2019

I love to walk. I’m not talking about on a treadmill with bright lights in a crowd of people or on a treadmill in front of the TV (although, sometimes that may be the only option due to severe weather or safety concerns). I’m talking about getting out in nature. Getting some fresh air and natural vitamin D from the sun. Listening to the birds sing, watching the squirrels scurry about, and sometimes getting to hear the water run down the creek. Experiencing God’s beauty and taking the time to be grateful.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but sometimes I just need to get away by myself with just my thoughts. I need time to shut out all the noise of the world and just listen. I believe we have all gotten so distracted by our jobs, social media, TV, music, etc., that we have forgotten how to be by ourselves in silence. We are out of touch with our bodies and what we need. We are no longer comfortable with who we are. We have forgotten how to listen.

That’s why I believe that walking is good for the whole body – mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. It feeds the soul. It is refreshing, and sometimes can bring clarity to some issue we may have or a decision we need to make. When I meet others along the way I have the opportunity to give them a smile and a “hello” which might be the only smile or encouragement they get all day. And, of course, it is a wonderful form of physical exercise that almost everyone can do.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t walk with our spouses, friends, or significant others which is great for relationships and can be very beneficial. However, I do feel that sometimes we should nurture and honor our whole body by taking the time to just be with ourselves. Perhaps you are a mom or dad and can’t get away by yourself; that’s ok. Bring your kids with you and teach them about nature. Be an example of getting away without the distraction of electronics. You are showing them how important it is to take time away from all the busyness, and that it is ok to just be with themselves. Nature has a way of calming everyone, no matter the age. (It’s a win/win)

So, the next time you need a break from life and all the stress that it brings, take a walk. Get out in nature and just breathe! I promise you will be glad you did😊

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