There's something about simply putting one foot in front of the other. You don't have to think about it... you just DO it. You "keep on keepin' on" when you're a walker. I love to feel my lungs take in air and then release it... to feel my heart beating and the blood circulating to my fingers and toes... to feel my brain both stimulated and soothed by the rhythm of the pace.
Eric and I recently committed to walking first thing each morning, rain or shine. And here in the Pacific Northwest, it's pretty much rain or... rain. ;-) It's become a ritual: get up, drink warm honey lemon water, gear up and head out. We live in a really beautiful area out in the country, so it's a particularly scenic venture. We walk amidst a forest of trees, pass goats and chickens along the way, and listen as a variety of birds call out to us. Yesterday we saw the rare bald eagle not more than 20 feet away! Ah, but I digress... ;-)
Walking is also a powerful metaphor. We walk through our life... and oh, the places we go! It's becoming conscious and intentional on the journey, though, that's the real game changer. Eric's beautiful Mom gave me a book today called "Walking with God". She and I have often discussed our mutual love of the walking metaphor and what it means to us. I think James Keeley (the author of the book) sums it up nicely:
"Each step becomes a new discovery. Wonder and awe replace our ideas of where we think we are headed or what our lives should look like. Our conscious journey home begins with the intention to live a fulfilling, harmonious, and beautiful life. It is an intention we repeatedly return to. This intention brings to light anything in our lives that doesn't measure up to our heart's desires."
I wrote the song "Walk Your Life" as a message to myself, really. I was at a crossroads in my life where I had to make a decision whether to stay in a situation or leave. I wasn't in any danger (quite the contrary) nor were things "bad". Everything on the outside pointed to staying. On the inside, though, I felt otherwise. I really tore myself up over this. It was when I finally got really quiet and listened deeply that I got the message to walk my life... to trust myself and my heart... to face whatever fear was lurking and step out into the unknown. It wasn't necessarily easy, but I can say now that my heart really did know what was best. Even though there was some pain along the way, the rewards have been rich.
Are you walking your life? Are you honoring your heart's true desires? Are you loving yourself and your life in such a way that you can truly love others and shine your light? Whatever path you're on, it's YOUR path... and there is beauty, even in the trying times. Find some supportive shoes and keep on keepin' on, my friends. It really is all about the journey.