My mood has been brightened by the number of walkers I am seeing in my neighbourhood these days. Many I see regularly while I am out with my dog, but many are new faces who I am sure I have lived close to for many years. I am warmed by the greetings, although brief, of my fellow walkers and comforting smiles directed at me from across the street. These small acts have brought me a needed sense of connectedness. We are all in this together and I feel this out on our sidewalks.
So, since we are all out walking, why not try a little mindfulness? In my last workshop at NEX, one of our folks shared her favourite mindful practice and I have been passing it on ever since. On one of your many future walks, bring your camera or phone, and keep an eye out for the “perfect photo.” You may see a new shoot poking up out of the soil, a bird returning home, or a crazy squirrel with half an old bagel in its mouth. The intention of this exercise is to take in your surroundings, look for something you have never seen before, and appreciate what is all around you! And if taking photos is not your thing, maybe just keep an eye out for five new things in your neighbourhood. Keep looking for a different five things each time you head out. Very soon you will be even more intimate with your everyday surroundings.