This inspiring article by Lovely Maeve Lankford it changed me yesterday. Instead of sitting at home with a cloud of thoughts over my head, I grabbed her by the head and went for a walk of gratitude through nature. And what a change of mood! Sometimes we become disconnected from our capacity for appreciation and get lost in a cycle of (over) thinking, which has a negative impact on how we feel and perceive our reality. Maeve’s simple but powerful example will take you back to the basics of healthy basics: the same state of gratitude, which can change your energy effectively. Enjoy reading and walk! ⁇ With love, Vero
I hope you’ve been enjoying the good weather and going out more into nature, both with the good weather we’ve been having in Ireland and the confirmed street at night since the clocks went ahead.
One of the most popular blogs I’ve ever written was Wisdom Walk. In it, you are invited to use your walk as an opportunity to seek wisdom in the nature around you, asking some questions and seeing what comes next.
With all that is happening in the world right now, I wanted to create an opportunity to support this week’s blog to be in nature, which brings its own rewards in terms of calming the mind and heart, and also for reinforce yourself in the face of all the confusion and challenge that is going on in the world right now.
So I invite you to take a walk of gratitude! This is not just any walk. It is a walk in which you take the opportunity to savor the good that is present, vibrant and fully evident around you on your walk.
As you look for things to be grateful for, you will find more and more.
It is a feast for the senses and an opportunity to savor the gratitude you feel as you smell the scents around you, see the vividness of colors and new growth, hear the busy birds nesting, maybe there are gardeners at work or farmers . cultivate in the fields as you go; what can you taste, wild garlic? The freshness of the air around you? Feel the sunlight on your face and absorb vitamin D.
That might be enough to restore your spirits and energy!
And if you have time for more and you are so inclined, you can continue with your reflections of gratitude and consider all that is good about your life today, the relationships and friendships you value, the work you do in the world; the comfort of your home and having a place to rest your head at the end of each day, your body and its ability to take you on this walk; the challenges you have overcome in your life; the healthy decisions you have made.
What you will find is that what you focus on develops! As you look for things to be grateful for, you will find more and more.
If you need some final encouragement to go for a thank you walk, here are the benefits identified by Glenn Berkenkamp
- You focus and you focus.
- Increases blood circulation.
- And calm down.
- Improves sleep.
- Reconfigure your brain to look at things differently.
- Cultivate an appreciation for what may not have been appreciated before.
- It increases self-esteem and increases empathy.
- It opens you up to inspiration.
- It increases your mood, increases your happiness and puts a smile on your face.
- It helps to get rid of toxic thoughts and emotions.
What is not to love?
When I went on my Gratitude Walk recently, I was very happy to be outdoors after a nasty dose of Covid, to feel the sun on my face and smell and taste the wild garlic in the hedges. I was very grateful to my body for fighting the infection and while I am still tired and lethargic, I was grateful to be recovering and recovering.
What you focus on develops. Be the person who decides to focus your attention on what makes you feel better. Then you can respond as your best self to the people and circumstances that currently need you.
AUTHOR: Dr. Maeve Lankford
With over 25 years of experience working in human development and human potential, Maeve is a highly sought after coach, speaker, facilitator and trainer. Specializing in leadership and self-leadership, team development, resilience and well-being, she is also an advocate for gender equality, especially in Higher Education.
You can join her programs and connect with her here: https://maevelankford.com/
main image: Azgan Master
second image: Michelle Leman in fish
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