Mindful Walking / Marche consciente

Since the covid19 and the different confinements, I have discovered a new hobby; walking. Either a leisurely walk or a brisk walk, I sometimes make it a simple one, sometimes a hiking one and sometimes a sporting one.

Alone or accompanied, I try to make my walks mindful and conscious.

No matter the way, my walk always brings me benefits that I really appreciate. These beneficial feelings are sometimes invigorating, calming, rejuvenating, relaxing, stimulating, inspiring.

Walking is good for your health. Among other things, for oxygenation, uv rays, movement, cardio and muscles. Just getting out and moving is good not only for your health but also for your morale.

But, what is Mindful Walking?

To walk mindfully or consciously is to walk while being aware of what is happening around and in us. Without thinking. It is to pay attention or to be attentive. It is to be there, present. It is to forget oneself.

It is not positive or negative, beautiful or ugly, good or bad … it just IS.

It is therefore to walk while being aware of what surrounds us and what we feel in our body. For example … See / perceive, smell / feel, listen / hear. Without judgment, without thinking about it.

See and Perceive

See the road or path we take.

See and admire the flowers, plants, trees, birds that surround us.

See the people we cross. Smile. Smile and you will see that people smile back and even greet you.

See the cars, buses, trucks that we pass.

See houses, buildings, fences, seashells, umbrellas, tables, benches, garbage cans …

Perceive and pay attention to the details of all these things. Recognize and realize that they are there.

Hear and Listen

Hear the noises and sounds that surround us

Hear the noises of the city and its industrial or construction works.

Listen to the sound of cars, the music, the lawnmower, the people talking, the conversations of those you come across.

Hear that there is no industrial noise but only sounds coming from nature.

Listening to birdsong, the wind blowing through our hair and in the leaves, the creaking of branches or the screeching of snow under our feet,

Listening to the sound of our footsteps whether on the asphalt, the snow, the gravel, earth, lawn, sand …

Hear what sometimes goes unnoticed and know that they exist.

Feel and Smell

Smell the odors of food, sea, flowers, herbs, grass, dearth, cold, the perfumes of people you cross path with.

Feel the wind on your body, your beating heart, your perspiration pearling, your breathing which modulates according to our walking rhythm or pace.

Feel the variations of the ground, stones or pebbles, slippery ice, the sand, the branch breaking under our foot, a higher clod of earth.

Feel and smell what we sometimes take for granted and forget about its existence.

Take the time to see / perceive, smell / feel, listen / hear.

This is conscious walking. I invite you to try and tell me about your feelings, your findings and especially what it has brought you!

In health,

Chantal

Depuis le covid19 et les différents confinements, je me suis découvert un nouveau hobby ; la marche. La marche tranquilou et la marche rapide. Parfois de style balade, parfois de style randonnée et parfois de style sportif.

Seule ou accompagnée, j’essaie que ma marche soit consciente.

Peut importe le style, ma marche m’apporte toujours après coup des bienfaits que j’apprécie énormément. Ces sentiments bienfaisants sont parfois vivifiant, calmant, ressourçant, relaxant, stimulant, inspirant.

La marche est bonne pour la santé. Entre autre, pour l’oxygénation, les rayons uv, le mouvement, le cardio et les muscles. Le simple fait de sortir et bouger est bénéfique non seulement pour la santé mais aussi pour le moral.

Mais qu’est-ce que marcher consciemment?

Marcher consciemment c’est de marcher tout en étant conscient de ce qui se passe autour et en nous. Sans réfléchir. C’est de porter attention ou d’être attentif. C’est d’être là, présent. C’est de s’oublier.

Ce n’est pas positif ou négatif, beau ou laid, bon ou mauvais… cela EST tout simplement.

C’est donc de marcher en prenant conscience de ce qui nous entoure et de ce que nous ressentons dans notre corps. Par exemple… Voir / percevoir, sentir / ressentir, écouter / entendre. Sans jugement, sans y réfléchir.

Voir et percevoir

Voir la route ou le sentier que nous empruntons.

Voir et admirer les fleurs, les plantes, les arbres, les oiseaux qui nous entoure.

Voir les gens que nous croisons. Sourire. Souriez et vous verrez que les gens nous sourient en retour et même nous saluent.

Voir les autos, les bus, les camions que nous croisons.

Voir les maisons, les bâtiments, les clôtures, les coquillages, les parasols, les tables, les bancs, les poubelles…

Percevoir et porter attention aux détails de toutes ces choses. Constater et prendre conscience du fait qu’elles sont là.

Entendre et écouter

Entendre les bruits et les sons qui nous entoure.

Entendre les bruits de la ville et de ses travaux, de son va-et-vient.

Écouter le ronronnement des autos, la musique, les gens qui parlent, les conversations de ceux qu’on croisent.

Entendre qu’il n’y a pas de bruit industriel mais seulement des sons provenant de la nature.

Écouter le chant des oiseaux, le vent qui souffle dans nos cheveux et dans les feuilles, le craquement des branches ou le crissement de la neige sous nos pieds,

Écouter le bruit de nos pas que ce soit sur l’asphalte, la neige, le gravier, la terre, la pelouse, le sable…

Entendre ce qui parfois passe inaperçu et constater qu’ils existent.

Sentir et ressentir

Sentir les odeurs de nourritures, de l’embrun, des fleurs, des herbes, de la pelouse, de la terre, du froid, du parfums des gens que l’on croise.

Ressentir le vent sur son corps, son cœur qui bat, sa transpiration qui perle, sa respiration qui se module selon notre rythme ou notre allure.

Ressentir les variations du sol, les pierres ou les cailloux, la glace glissante, le renfoncement du pied dans le sable, la branche qui se casse sous notre pied, une motte de terre plus haute.

Ressentir ce que parfois on prend pour acquis et qu’on oublie l’existence.

Prends le temps de voir / percevoir, sentir / ressentir, écouter / entendre.

C’est ça la marche consciente. Je t’invite à essayer et de me faire part de tes ressentis, tes constatations et surtout ce que ça t’a apporté!

Santé!

Chantal

Walk into Health

This simple habit can trigger anti-aging process. Just 20 minutes or 10 000 steps a day is a great way to maintain a “healthy lifestyle”.

Every time you can walk instead of using your car, do it for yourself and for the environment!

Every time you can use the stairs instead of the escalators or the elevators, go for it!

With or without snow.

With a purpose or not. Walk!

Mostly because we have sedentary lifestyles working indoors and sitting all day, walking is a smart choice for a healthy lifestyle. That is why you should choose to go to work walking. Go to your grocery store and drop your kids to school, all by foot. If you really can’t because of distances, within your office, take the stairs, on your break, go outside, walk, and get some “vitamin” sun. Every opportunity of walking should be invested in!

We chose to live downtown so we are able to do everything by foot. Groceries, school, kids activities, restaurants. We walk to every destination we have. Even with the kids. They are now used to it and walk a great pace and reasonable distances without difficulties.

Walking has additional benefit to your mood. Walking triggers your endorphins. The more steps I take during a day, the better my mood tends to be! Try it and tell me if you felt it too!

For beginners, walk at a comfortable pace and work gradually on increasing your pace and distance. To help you count your daily steps and kilometres, there are even a few apps you can upload on your phone.

Surely, it should be added to you daily exercise routine. Personally, I don’t even consider walking an exercise.

It’s a way of life, a healthy life!

In health,

Chantal