Going for a morning walk with my dog Molly is an activity I treasure....more than ever now that the 6 month sailing cruise is getting closer and closer and closer. As I strengthen my resolve to take this plunge - so to speak - and sail through unknown waters - for us anyway - I'm trying to focus on the things that allow me to experience a state of Mindfulness. With all the lists and, "what ifs", and "WTF am I doing" going on in my head right now its good to have some time to just BE.
This is what getting out the door looks like .....
As I get ready Molly follows me to every room, just to make sure I haven't left without her and I'm moving as fast as possible. I can't even go to the toilet without being supervised. I know women with small children experience this constantly...but does my dog really need to be watching!
When we finally make it out the door Molly pulls ahead on the lead intent on sniffing every piece of grass and tree trunk. Someone we used to know said in doing this she was, "checking her emails"... 'Who's been here since yesterday', 'what's been going on', and 'did another dog have the audacity to pee where I peed!' And then the re-marking begins. I'm always amazed that my little dog can have enough pee inside her to mark all 3.5 kilometres of our morning walk! A miracle of nature.
About halfway through the walk we come to the BIG HILL! It may not look like much in the picture but its quite steep and I like to do it 'power walking' style. So I let go of Molly's lead and we power up it together with me never stopping or slowing down until I reach the top.
So I worked at it in our walk yesterday and these are the things I discovered and enjoyed and saw when I didn't have the constant mind noise going on in my head.
|My neighbour has a beautiful garden!|
|A rainbow lorikeet looking out from a grevillea bush... not afraid of Molly and me and certainly|
not leaving his meal just because we were passing.
|A beautiful, huge, stunning gum tree at the bottom of our street that had just finished shedding its bark.|
|And the tibouchina trees just starting to bloom.|