I love to walk and enjoy nature. A mindful connection between my feet and the earth reminds me that I am intertwined with an abundance of beauty- a mutually supportive world that I give to and receive from, with every breath.
Despite the knowledge that walking brings me joy, I often need a reminder to prioritize this activity and an incentive to get out the door.
If you find that you have fallen away from your exercise plan for a day, a week, even a month, do not judge yourself harshly as a failure. Just start again. Everyday is a new day, an opportunity for a new beginning. You can begin anew every moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness allows us to access true human happiness. Oneness of body and mind results in concentration, which allows for insight and liberates us from suffering and frustration. Enjoy this audio clip with Thay from the Shambhala Sun.