Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A simple walk, next-best thing to fishing

Cork is ahead of me on trail during our daily walk
Modern life is full of stress and just about everyone gets wound up in it one way or another.
Bills, regulations, deadlines, worries, regrets. You just can't stop thinking about such matters.
This is why a fishing trip is so soul-soothing. When you are out on the lake, those things seem a million miles away and your mind and body have a chance to rejuvenate. But most people might only be able to make such a trip one or two weeks a year. What do you do the rest of the time?
Every week, it seems, there is an item in the news about the health benefits of walking -- not jogging, not running -- just walking.
Human beings, it seems to me, were made for walking. We can do it for long periods almost effortlessly. Study after study show that this simple activity keeps our bodies in really good shape.
Joints, bones, muscles, heart -- every part of us, it seems, responds positively.
But the greatest benefit of all may be to our minds. Just like our bodies need rest each night, our minds need a regular break from the multitude of thoughts and conversations that continually run through them. This is why some people meditate, to calm down their minds and give their brains a rest. It's a difficult skill for most people to master but for some reason, it seems much, much easier to do when walking. In fact, there is a discipline called walking meditation.
However, even if you knew nothing about the formalities of this practice, you just naturally do it every time you walk outdoors. It might go something like this: as you walk down a path you become alert to the songs and calls of birds; you feel with your feet the texture and contours of the ground; the wind blows against your face and you feel the sun against your skin; leaves rustle; the snow swirls and drifts; squirrels scurry up trees. Your body warms to your movement. You feel the pull of gravity as you walk uphill and the exhilaration of its release as you walk down. You become conscious of the world, of life, and how you are moving through it, how you are a part of it.
You are experiencing life in the moment, not reliving the past, not worrying about the future. It is, literally, a wonderful feeling.
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Anonymous said...

When the snow and ice melts I will be back to my daily walk. I presently miss the alone time. One can also find this feeling during a sunrise or sunset. Red Lake has shown me some beautiful ones.


Anonymous said...

Walking can and will relieve your stress level if indeed you are able to walk comfortably. Some people such as myself have difficulty and even pain when they walk. What do I do to relieve stress? I meditate about being on Red Lake in a boat with a fishing rod in my hands, fighting a large pike. Works every time! I suggest all you readers out there give it a try. Of course if you can walk and think about fishing, all that much better.
Indiana Dave

Anonymous said...

Is cork ok to be off leash, considering the timber wolves in the area

Dan Baughman said...

We have never seen a wolf in the day time at our house and, at least up to this point, they are extremely wary of humans. I believe as long as Cork is with me he will be fine. We keep a constant eye on him when he goes outside at night, however. I bought a new Brinkmann Q-Beam rechargeable spotlight that I follow Cork with in the yard. If we see him stepping into the bush, we call him back to the house. Despite the abundance of wolves in the area, I haven't heard of anyone loosing dogs to them this year.