“ The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” ~ Thich Nhat Hahn
Clarity is a quality of mind that most of us desire, and yet many of us find elusive. This is most likely due to the fact that our days are busy, our to-do list is long, and our minds are often full. There is simply no space for clarity. One of my favourite ritual practices for cultivating greater spaciousness and clarity is to take a ritual walk in silence.
When I catch myself clenching my jaw or rushing through my chores with my shoulders up around my ears I take it as a sign that I need to pause and take a short walk, even if its just a quick tour around the block.
The power in this practice comes from stepping back, rather than pushing through, taking a timeout, rather than telling yourself there is no time. Even five minutes can make a difference.
The ritual aspect of the practice asks you to create sacred space by walking in silence. Don’t bring your phone with you, and don’t put your headphones in. Simply step outside and open your senses to the world around you, no matter where you are.
As you walk pay attention to the feeling of your feet on the ground and the quality of the air on your skin. Receive the sounds around you and observe everything you see with curiosity. Allow your mind to be quiet and receptive so that a natural sense of spaciousness can open up within you.
Try this the next time you find yourself rushing through your day and notice how much clarity it offers you.
Written by Natalie Rousseau
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