Thoughts on Sauntering…

Most people have an awareness that self-care is important to their overall wellbeing.  However, this is often one of the first things that people neglect when things get “busy” in their lives.  We do not expect other things, such as our car, to keep running efficiently if we do not provide the maintenance that is required.  Why then do we expect our mind and body to keep going without the maintenance that it requires? If you do not make a conscious effort to carve out time for self-care you will often find yourself “broke down.” 

You can provide self-care in many different areas which can include the following areas: physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual realms.  Engaging in self-care is highly personal and each person has their own journey. You must make an active choice to engage in some form of self-care in one or all the areas to maintain a sense of overall wellbeing.  What do you do for self-care on a regular basis?

One of my favorite forms of self-care is sauntering in the woods.  I am working to replace the word “hike” with “sauntering” after reading a passage from Arnold Palmer’s work The Mountain Trail and Its Message. Check out this passage at the following link: Parable Of Sauntering  This passage helped me gain awareness to the fact that I was still “rushing” my time in the woods.  I was often focused on getting x number of miles in for the day or completing this in a set amount of time.  This focus often takes away from the true benefits of being in the woods.  The saying “stop and smell the flowers” comes to mind here.  I am now going to work towards enjoying more of what the woods can offer me. I will focus more on the smells, sounds, and sights that will help me to become more mindful of my surroundings.  My recent time spent on the Appalachian trail has taught me to stop and talk with others along the trail and hear their stories and gain a better understanding of their journey.  If I keep “rushing” through my time on the trail, I will risk missing out on some great opportunities.  I feel that we can all benefit from this concept in our everyday lives.  We often get caught up in the “busy” and forget what really is important.  So as you move through life, I challenge you to stop “hiking” and learn to saunter. 

Join me for a great opportunity to practice self-care by participating in the upcoming event Sauntering In the Woods! More information at the following link: Upcoming Events

Enjoy Your Journey,


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