The midweek slump is upon us. If you are not feeling it, kudos to you, what is your secret? For everyone else, the cure for your lagging energy: a good old-fashioned walk. Yes, sometimes the best cure for what ails you can in fact be found by taking a few steps outside of your home.
Nature is officially in full bloom (sorry Swedes if you aren’t quite there yet, but it will happen I promise!). Everything is looking fresh and hydrated, especially in the Midwest where we have had more than our fair share of rain lately! Get outside and take a walk. Enjoy some fresh air, get some vitamin D, and there is nothing quite like a good walk to get your blood pumping and your mind cleared.
The Buddhists have a practice called walking meditation. Now I am not a Buddhist and I am certainly not a meditation expert, but here is my take on the practice, from one layperson to another. Do you ever find yourself walking somewhere and then when you arrive at your destination you realize you have no actual recollection of your journey? That is exact opposite of what this practice is haha. In walking meditation the idea is to be fully present in your journey. Being aware not only of your surroundings but also your body. Feel each step as it touches the ground; notice each breath as you take it. It might sound a little silly, but this is a great tool to ground yourself and still your mind. Calm your mind and still get your daily steps in? Yes please!
So go out there and take a long meditative walk, and come home with peace of mind.