Walking as Therapy

…walking helps the mind go out
and the world come in, and
brings us to our senses.
~William DuBuys~

We here in the Pacific Northwest have woken to gray skies and cool winds for the last three mornings.  After a very short stretch of summer-like weather, most of us are just not ready for the change of seasons.   We’ve just  started wearing our warm-weather clothes and now it’s time to put on sweaters.   However, it’s not all bad, the sun has come out each afternoon to lighten the day and warm the air.  The gray mornings make it a little harder for me to get energized and ready to jump into the tasks of the day.  Autumn always finds me in a reflective mood; a time for slowing down to take stock of my life.  It is a time of change, as are all seasons, and for me fall is a time of new beginnings.  All the memories of going back to school in September still reside in my body – a new classroom, a new teacher, blank notebooks ready to be filled, new lessons to be learned, new childhood adventures to be experienced.  So for the last three mornings I have stopped the list making, and the rush against time, and slowed down to ponder what it is that I want to do with this one precious life I have been given.  What changes do I want to make now.

One of the good things about the cooler weather is that the girls and I can go out for long walks again.  What better way for clearing the mind, and getting a clear perspective than a long walk surrounded by the beauty of Mother Nature.  So yesterday Bella, Hannah and I headed over to Lincoln Park for a stroll along the seawall.

Every walk and every landscape carries
the potential for unexpected revelation,
and so, siste viator, one stops, looks, and
listens.  And what comes, comes.
~William DuBuys~

 If you are seeking creative ideas,
go out walking.  Angels whisper  to
a man when he goes for a walk.
~Raymond Inman~ 

Walking takes longer…than any other form
of locomotion except crawling.  Thus it
stretches time and prolongs life.  Life is
already too short to waste on speed.
~Edward Abbey~

What really motivates me to walk are my dogs,
who are my best pals.  They keep me honest
about walking because when it’s time to go,
you can’t disappoint those little faces.
~Wendi Malick~

In every walk in nature one receives
more than he seeks.
~John Muir~

My father considered a walk among the
mountains as the equivalent
of a church going.
~Aldous Huxley~

Thoughts come clearly while one walks.
~Thomas Mann~

I had to include this photo because it’s so typically Bella – the lover of balls and sticks.  The Lincoln Park seawall is one of her favorite places to walk because she has so many sticks to choose from.  She carries one around for a while until she finds a better one, and then drops the one in her mouth when she sees another one that interests her.  Often I watch her looking at the two sticks and I swear she’s mulling over which one is best.  I guess she couldn’t decide on just one and decided to put both in her mouth.


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4 Responses to Walking as Therapy

  1. Rob says:

    I agree with all you say. With my loving wife away for a week, I have taken to walking every morning…but it is I who carries the stick…and chases the little white ball!

  2. suellen1234 says:

    Maybe you need to get a dog to accompany you on your walks and your excursions in your little boat like Sebago used to do. If you talk to Susan, tell her I’m thinking of her. I bet she’s having a wonderful and inspirational week.

  3. Betsy says:

    Hmmm, you’re right. Wish my doggies could walk longer. Cute Bella! … I miss her.

  4. suellen1234 says:

    Maybe you could do what I used to do with Smurf and Bella – I took them both out for a short walk, then took Murphy home, after which Bella and I went for a long walk. Smurf was happy sleeping and Bella enjoyed our together time.

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