Thursday, September 8, 2011
It's been a sad, anxiety-filled, stressful few weeks. But, the weather's been lovely. Because the temperatures have finally cooled down, I've resumed walking on the trail back behind our house. You head down our road and turn left on this little dirt road. Then you can cross over the creek onto a walking/bike trail maintained by the city. That path runs down between some corn fields, across the prairie and back over the creek on a wooden bridge, when the creek turns in a different direction. I usually throw my mp3 player on (usually Blake Shelton, John Rich or Maroon 5). It takes me about an hour to walk the specific section of the trail that I walk and head home. When I come back home, I cross over the creek here: I know it sounds cheesy, but as I walk across I always stop on the bridge and listen to the water rushing through. I say a little prayer and I mentally throw all my concerns and anxieties into the creek. I actually envision the words themselves being tossed into the creek and rushing away from me. I'm not sure if it's the visualization or the prayer (or, likely, a combination of both), but I always feel a lot better when I get done walking. I daresay it's at least as good for my mental health as it is for my physical health!