Exercise is known to boost the good hormones in the body making us feel shamazing!! But sometimes its good to just skip the gym and get outside and go for a walk in the brisk open air. Even better is to go into nature and surround yourself with the beauty of mother earth. There is something so uplifting about being around trees and feeling the fresh air on your skin.
That is exactly what I did today, after my morning meditation and yoga routine I decided I would brave the Scottish Winter and go for a long walk in the country. My beautiful husky accompanied me on this walk and I left my headphones at home so I could immerse myself in the moment.
I listened to each crunch my feet made in the snow, I paid attention to each step (more so I wouldn’t slip) and when my mind wandered I brought it back to my steps. I breathed in the fresh air with a smile and I looked at every passing tree with gratitude filling my chest. I filled my heart centre with so much joy and gratitude and smiled the whole way round. This walk I seen herons, pheasants and squirrels and a few little mice that my dog tried to jump on but I am sure I would not have noticed all these animals If I had been lost in thought.
Taking time to slowly walk and fill your heart with joy practicing bringing the mind back everytime it goes off on it own for a wander, gently guiding it back to the present moment time and time again.