An Invitation to Walk on National Walking Day

by | Oct 4, 2022

There is so much that can be said about walking.

In her stellar book, Wanderlust, a History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit casually writes, 

“Walking is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned…

Walking allows us to be in our bodies and in the world without being made busy by them.”

Tomorrow, Thursday April 7th is National Walking Day.

I love to walk. It settles me. 

But more and more I notice with myself, my kids and clients that everyone is walking less and less. And that our bodies are interacting with the transmission of force and movement shifts necessary to walk with more difficulty.  So lately, I’ve been making a point to walk longer than usual, intentionally extending my walking time and frequency. And in doing so I’ve been learning a lot about my state of being and my body. 

Do you walk? 

Do you consider walking as part of your self-care? 

The beauty of walking is it doesn’t need to be a stressful to-do, it can be incorporated into our everyday and made into a to-be… 

Please, share with me your experiences of walking. 

What do you like/dislike about walking?

How often do you walk?

What do you struggle with when walking?

Would you be interested in joining a WALKING CLUB?

Walking is good for the bones, for the mood, for mobility and for hormonal balance.

It is considered a gentle activity and it is an opportunity to align with oneself. 

Walking back to happiness is a song I discovered recently in the Be Here Now Bookclub, when an esteemed member shared it with us, and now everytime I play it, I find a spring in my walk:) 

Give it a listen!

There are countless articles about the benefits of walking, I will share with you this concise one which I received today from the wonderful Feldenkrais Practitioner Sonja Johansson. If you don’t know Sonja, please, make the time to check her out. And watch her latest video on bringing a spring back into your walk.

I would looooove to start a Walk club, one where we each walk individually, and meet twice a month to work on our musculoskeletal organization to improve our walking, and share insights about our sense of self as we walk the terrain we inhabit <3

We have all become quite sedentary, let’s slowly give our minds and bodies the soulful dynamism they were designed for. 

I will leave you with one of my all-time favorite quotes, which is significant to today’s topic

You need to keep walking, though there is no place to arrive at. 

Rumi 

Marwa al-Sawi

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