I’ll be the first to admit that I do things at hyperspeed, whether it’s walking or reading or writing. This is not always a good thing and I was reminded of this during my last hike.
Normally when we hike at Blue Hills, we do the most difficult trails that are rocky and steep. Talk about an endorphin rush! There’s also some great views of Boston. This time, we chose a path that was described as “rocky, rugged and hilly experience for the avid hiker.” Sounds right up my alley.
In reality the trail was more of wide, flat path through the woods. But you know what? I enjoyed this hike as much, if not more than other, more strenuous ones. This leisurely walk through pretty woods was delightful.
Why slowing down can be a very good thing:
1. You can really pay attention to your surroundings.
How many times do we all rush through life, racing to the next meeting or phone call. Stop, take a deep breath and enjoy the journey! Even on a crazy, busy workday, you can stare out the window and admire the sunshine.
2. You have more energy for other things.
This 90 minute walk energized me, yet didn’t exhaust me. I was able to have a very productive afternoon writing.
3. My mind was free to wander.
Instead of gasping for air while I was climing a rock wall, I was able to look around and let my imagination run free. It was on this hike that I came up with the idea for this blog post.
Have you tried to slow down and take in your surroundings? If so, what was your experience?
Photo is courtesy of Gobbergo’s Flickr Photostream under Creative Commons Licensing.