Making Time To Walk Is Changing My Life…

by Abby Hinchcliffe, HR Assistant/ Uni Student, Goonellabah, Australia

I work full-time and have been studying part-time for the last five years. I have had my ups and downs and often feel overwhelmed by how much there is to do at home, at work and with my studies… it has been easy for me to feel bogged down with life.

Last week I had a sleepover at a friend’s house who happens to be a student of Universal Medicine – I am too. My friend is in the routine of waking up early and going for quite a long walk; it takes over an hour and has a lot of steps. I decided to give it a go and see what it was like.

Let me tell you now, I am not as fit as I once was. I could feel when the walk became tough (on the uphill parts), I wanted to hunch my shoulders, put my head down and push through the pain: this is how I have been with life, pushing myself to get through. On my walk, when I felt myself beginning to do this I decided to lift my head, relax my shoulders and take it easy. It was so lovely to connect with the day in this way before work – and see so many other people enjoy their mornings also.

For the rest of the day I felt more motivated at work and at home. I was sore the next day – I was feeling places in my body I hadn’t felt for a long time.

I have been walking every 2nd day since and I really look forward to it: after just 3 walks I noticed the uphill struggles are less intense. I am more organised at work and with my studies. It is easier to not over-eat. I am enjoying my own company and feel more enthusiastic towards life and others, plus this rash I have had on my upper arms for the past 2 years has almost cleared… so cool!

Serge Benhayon mentioned once that it is great to go for long walks when you study or use your mind a lot. I agree!

156 thoughts on “Making Time To Walk Is Changing My Life…

  1. Exercise is something we are encouraged to do each day for our health yet we struggle to maintain a balance and we either go all out or not at all. When you feel the impact on other parts of your life though and can feel it is about building then it is a lifestyle choice not a chore.

  2. Walking is really lovely for the body, it’s great exercise and I have found it helps my whole being to come back into balance. It’s a great way to get out into the world without any goal, just simply being and moving the body. I particularly like seeing all the houses and gardens, walking in nature or by the ocean and seeing the sky. It’s easy studying or working to develop a narrow focus and a walk opens up the world again and offers a sense of expansion and being part of something greater.

  3. Any activity that supports our connection to our body and that brings the mind in line with that is very needed in our daily lives – walking is one of these that can be very enjoyable and beneficial to the whole body. The notion of ‘taking a walk’ to ‘clear your head’ makes even more sense here.

  4. I love to go for a walk in the evening which I feel is a lovely way for me to mark the completion of my day and is also a gentle and supportive lead up to my bedtime.

  5. A great analogy in relation to how we reconfigure and harden ourselves to push through the struggles we face in life and go against our natural rhythm and flow not realising how much we compromise our body thinking from our mind that we need to push through. Allowing our body to lead the way brings a true quality and presence that is naturally energising as we move and express from our essence.

  6. We can also walk with presence inside the home or at work. Writing this reminds me that instead of taking the lift from the fourth floor, I can take a walk gently up and down the stairs.

  7. After few days without going outside for a walk, I felt the difference in my body, sluggish and even a bit grumpy. Yesterday space opened up and I took myself for a walk on a crisp, sunny winter’s day and as I did began to feel whole again. Whole body walking is a therapy in itself.

  8. I love walking and can tell a lot about myself while doing it. I’ve noticed at work, if I have been very focused on the computer screen and really deep in working on a task then when I get up to walk to the copier or kitchen that my body is pushed forward and I’m walking like on a runway and I could take off at any moment. It’s not long though before I realise and within two steps I’m upright again, shoulders dropped, head tall and more present again with myself. Walking can be just the same as a healing session.

  9. Nothing like a good walk to clear the head as they say. There is a group of us at work who go for a lunchtime walk most days and it is such a great way to not only get away from the computer screen, but get some fresh air and refocus as well. We all come back with renewed vigour having enjoyed connecting on a more personal level and sharing a laugh.

  10. Walking brings the opportunity of opening up our senses and our awareness to be able to choose to connect to our body more deeply and our body’s true natural rhythm. From this connection the way we hold and support ourselves and engage with life completely transforms.

  11. I have been wanting to re-establish a quality in me, and found that a 10 minute walk every evening with no other purpose than simply being with how I am feeling has an incredible effect on how I feel inside and the quality I express in the day.

  12. Many good points above especially that walking re-aligning ourselves and being present. Something recently discovered is the importance of posture: walking in an upright balanced position changes the quality of the walk and keeps me more present with myself as I walk.

  13. After a long absence and mind interference, I’ve re-integrated walking into my daily routine and now my body calls me to walk, in the way a dog calls its master. Walking is like a tonic, especially on my ‘time off’ and much better than taking a nap (unless really needed) where I sometimes wake up feeling groggy or grumpy. Walking re-energises. Often experiencing a block when writing and break to take a walk, I’m given the very inspiration needed to continue with my work.

  14. Walking is definitely underestimated by most people, your blog is a powerful testimonial about what walking does to the whole body system and how it supports us in all areas of life but I have to be precise, it is about walking being present in the body and aware of our surroundings.

  15. It sounds like when we think we have no time to go for a walk that is the time we should go for a walk. Thanks for sharing, Abby.

  16. Thank you Abby, walking is something that costs no money, needs no gym, weights or special equipment yet how many of us find it is something we don’t have time to do?! There is always space that can be made for a walk and in my experience I always feel more at ease in my body and more connected after a walk. It is part and parcel of a foundational mental and physical health plan.

  17. I loved reading your blog, and agree that walking with ourselves is a great way to build a connection with ourselves, these days it is unusual to see people joyfully walking as most have their head down looking at their mobile phone, and missing everything that is going on around them.

  18. I also find walking helps me to not walk away from the rest of life but to regather and take a moment to breathe and be with myself, like a meditation. However I walk a lot in my work and reading about the difference of how to hold ourselves while walking I know that makes a huge difference but until now haven’t stopped to appreciate how much a difference it makes. Thank you Abby.

    1. I couldn’t agree more Mary. Before last week I had let go of exercising for a long time and was feeling it in my body and in so many other aspects of my life. Last week I signed up for a five day exercise program and it has renewed my love and appreciation for my body and how awesome it feels to exercise! So much has changed since.

  19. Thank you for the inspiration Abby to commit to walking and that we are worth making this time for ourselves with significant ripple effects into all aspects of life and bringing us back to our physical body and awareness.

    1. And adding to what you have shared Susan, is that our movements in every way will always set a standard that we can always follow and thus deepen our connection to our essence when moving in that divine connection.

  20. Thank you Abby for sharing the power of walking. I love to walk in the mornings to confirm my loving presence in my body and to embody the purpose of living in connection to truth. I also love how no walk is ever the same, as with every walk we take we walk with a slightly different purpose depending what is needed to be cleared, embodied or confirmed at the time.

    1. Carola, yes each walk can be very different. Today when I walked I noticed that my body was asking to be much more gentle and to pause and observe everything around me much more deeply than before. When I starting trying to do it the way I had before or judged that I was going too slow, there was a hardness that entered my body. Letting go of any pictures or expectations for how a walk should be and surrendering to what the body needs each day and moment is very precious and something for me to work with accepting much more. Thank you for sharing your connection with purpose when you walk.

    2. Carola, thank you. I found this really supportive. I hadn’t considered this before: the purpose of the walk and every walk can have a slightly different purpose depending on what is needed at the time.

  21. It’s true walking is great for clearing the mind and coming back to connecting and aligning with our body, our natural rhythm and building a deeper awareness of ourselves and everything around us.

  22. Great advice about long walks if you use your mind a lot. On the surface a walk doesn’t seem like it does much except to move the body, yet it can feel like it re-organises every part of me, mental, emotional, physical and my inner being, so everything feels more ordered again.

  23. I also find after walking, especially with nature, a deeper connection to myself and everything around me, and with that an awareness of space and allowing my body’s natural inner rhythm and flow to be impulsing my movements instead of coming from my mind and getting distracted by time.

    1. I love that with each place you walk there is a different feeling and your body has no trouble letting you know where it wants to go. Sometimes the city pavements are perfect, other times out in the green space.

  24. Going for a walk is a great way to clear my mind especially when I have been working for hours and to reconnect to my body.

  25. Walking has a way of getting the body back into its natural flow and rhythm – a great tool that supports me to get out of my head and heavy thoughts and back into what it feels like to be in my body, that then connects me to everything else.

  26. I love early morning walks. When I walk I really take the time to be with me. I do my best to not let thoughts of work engulf me and stay away from thinking about what I’ll do in the day, what I’ll cook for dinner, past conversations etc. I really choose to be with me, feel what is going on in my body and how my body is moving, listen to the birds…it’s a wonderful moment of connection that supports me in the day.

    1. Lovely to read Nikki and it’s brought more understanding and purpose to how I can be with myself when I walk, thank you.

  27. What fantastic changes going for these regular walks brought to your life, and how wonderful that you now are, ‘I am enjoying my own company and feel more enthusiastic towards life and others, plus this rash I have had on my upper arms for the past 2 years has almost cleared… so cool!’

  28. I like walking and connecting with myself and nature at the same time, sometimes I now have to sit down and rest during my short walks, and it is amazing to feel what a difference a 5-10 minute rest makes.

  29. Interesting point: if I walk more then I overeat less? Could be so that walking sees theres is more love circulating our body so that the tendency to eat, or to eat too much, decreases?
    I will pick up walking more often and report back how it works out for me.

    1. Yes, this is interesting Willem, I haven’t noticed this. I would be interested to know your observation so far. I am going to be more aware of this myself. My experience is that there are many different factors that lead me to overeat but I also know at each moment I have a choice to honour what my body tells me or not.

  30. I like how you were able to observe yourself and then make a choice to let go and relax your body more. Simple, and something we can do in every moment.

  31. You make a great point here, Abby. Walking and letting our body be and taking it easy, and not pushing ourselves to get through whatever we are trying to get through – is a great way to connect and support our body. Walking is a part of my commuting and I can really use it to build my connection, or go head first, already getting anxious about the day ahead and exhausting myself even before getting to the office.

  32. I love walking but often do not allow the space for it, so I have a very clear understanding of the difference I feel within my body and general wellbeing when I do and don’t walk daily. The times when I do I am vital, vivacious, motivated and purposeful. When I don’t I can feel ok for a day or so but then the torpor starts to take as I let go of my connection to purpose and to me.

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