Early morning walks help me gain a greater sense of control over my thoughts, feelings and actions. During this time of uncertainty there is such an overwhelming feeling of anxiety, loneliness and tons of emotion. I always work on looking at life with the glass half full not empty. Every morning I do get up and say this is going to be a great day with a smile. (I miss seeing smiles now that we are all wearing masks) Rainy, cold, dreary and gray days do make it so difficult do this. I am so happy I have Oskar as he gives me a reason to not stay in bed all day. Selfishly, I really like the city without traffic, congestion and strolling thru an almost empty Central Park. I walk 2-3 hours from the apartment to the park just about 5-6 days a week. Oskar and I have been averaging 50 miles a week. We take water breaks, I bring my journal, book or just close my eyes and rest on a rock.
Walking meditation is a Buddhist practice that involves movement and periods of walking between long periods of sitting meditation. I have found since this quarantine I am sleeping better and having such amazing dreams that feel real. I believe meditation and a good diet attribute to this. I have been meditating regularly in the apartment every morning prior to the past two months. I must say, meditating on long walks and peaceful breaks has been wonderful for me. It is amazing when I reflect on the past two months, I don’t listen to music as I am so hungry to hear nature alive in the City. Instead of sirens and cars honking, I wake up in the morning to birds chirping. Pretty bitter sweet.