[Abecedary of Reflection] Walking

W: Walking

I do some of my best reflecting while walking. Walking is not only exercise for the body, but for the mind and soul as well. Anyone who knows me knows that I talk a mile a minute. I walk just as fast, just trying to keep up with the million thoughts running through my mind at the same time. But every once in a while, a contemplative walk helps clear my mind and provides the closest thing to meditation I have found.

Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses, or catch the snow flakes and hail that surprise you on a spring hike!

While walking it is important to look ahead at the terrain you will encounter, to look back at the ground you’ve covered, and to look inward, for reflection.

Bridge Dancing When I’m on a hike, dancing across bridges is mandatory!

I will continue to walk, to reflect, and to attempt to teach myself meditation. What will you do for yourself?

Reflective questions to consider:

  • Do you use walking to reflect?
  • How do you find ways to meditate?

Abecedary of Reflection

About Amy's Reflections

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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8 Responses to [Abecedary of Reflection] Walking

  1. Walking is a great idea for reflection and something I should definitely participate in. Haha! At this time, my car ride home from work, provides me a time to reflect on my day and think about what needs to be done at work and at home. Sometimes, I just turn off my phone and radio and sort out my thoughts on the drive home. It is not as peaceful as a walk but it gets the job done!

  2. Lisa Celaya says:

    I use running to think and reflect about my goals, tasks and personal challenges. After running I feel rejuvenated to move forward with whatever comes my way.

  3. Veronica says:

    Like Lisa, I too turn to running. During my long runs I take time to reflect on the day, week, and think about what’s ahead. I often will laugh aloud when I remember something funny that happened ( I get funny looks from other runners when I do). I cherish this peaceful alone time and feel so much better after I finish.
    Love the pictures!

  4. Barry Johnson says:

    Good one. You know I’m all in on walking and appreciate all of the benefits it provides to a troubled sole, especially peace of mind. 😃



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