Monday, April 14, 2014

Springtime Renewal


Am I the only woman out there that has the hardest time with spring? While all my friends are enjoying the sunshine and planning trips to the beach, I find myself in the midst of an existential organizational crisis. The beautiful weather fills me with the overwhelming need to clean, organize, purge, dust, and all in all, make things fresh. I cannot sit still for the urge to renovate and renew.

It is for this reason that each spring, I have to remind myself that in the midst of all of this energy, I need to remember to focus some of that energy inwards. In other words, these beautiful days are also the perfect time to dust off spiritually. What is the best way to do that?

Walking meditation.

In Trail Dames, we have several leaders that host Meditation Hikes. These are hikes in which we walk quietly, focusing on being present with the sights, sounds and smells of growth. Often we will gather for a guided group meditation, focusing on a particular thought, like gratitude, acceptance or joy.
Often, however, I will find myself doing walking meditations all by myself. Sometimes I chose to concentrate on my breath….inhaling and exhaling with purpose and intent, while other times I will chose a mantra to repeat over and over as I walk. I am open to love, and opportunity is one of my favorites, along with 'I am enough.' That one always resonates with me. Finally, when I need to just clear my mind, I rely on the simplicity of rhythm and numbers. Counting to four with each step, over and over, can work wonders with stilling the chatter and movement of the mind. Spring brings with it such a sense of energy and rebirth that it can be easy to get swept away with it, stepping outside of ourselves and dancing with abandon. Enjoy this dance and joy of the season, but remember to stay connected to what is within. What better way to do that then hiking with purpose, surrounded by the smell of wisteria and the sound of birdsong?

Go for a walk……and enjoy your spring!

Anna Huthmaker
www.traildames.com

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