walk: verb gerund or present participle: walking 1. move at a regular pace by lifting and setting down each foot in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once. “I walked across the lawn” synonyms: stroll, saunter, amble, wend one’s way, trudge, plod, hike, tramp, trek, march, stride, troop, patrol, step out, wander, ramble, tread, prowl, footslog, promenade, roam, traipse;
What is walking?
Putting one foot in front of the other. But what is it really?
To get from one place to the next on two feet. And why do we want to walk? To get to our destination.
Do we want to walk quickly and whizz by all the snippets of knowledge and golden nuggets of beauty along the way?
Or do we stop. Look at the sky – smile outside and in.
The burning glow of the setting Sun. The sparkling silver of shiny Moon. Allowing them to light us right up.
Feeling the rhythm.
Feeling that we are a part of something more. Something bigger.
The ebb and flow of nature is in us . . all of us.
In the huge scheme of things we are but a small part – an integral part nonetheless.
Because what would life be without us? Our love. Our beauty. Our uniqueness.
When I walk I find myself constantly stopping to feel myself in my place. Allowing the knowledge that I am part of something much larger and cleverer then I could ever imagine.
Pausing and breathing to let the light come in and allowing openess.
Feeling the light. Breath. Expansion. Both physically and mentally.
All from putting one foot in front of the other.
It is a meditation in itself.
None of this forcing, putting yourself in situations and environments that don’t come naturally to you.
That may come later, but walking is the first step to acknowledging your own pace and the part you play.
Try it. I task you with this. Next time you are on a walk to the shops even.
Stop for a minute. Forget the purpose of your destination – just for a moment.
Look at the trees. Hear the birds. Smell the air.
Photograph: Emma Toms