Yesterday (with no thoughts or ideas of 'great spirit walks', I decided to challenge myself to walking further than I've walked before. I wanted to complete a '10 Miler' which is (16 kilometres), and I'd been building up to this distance each week extending my walks by one mile.
So I set off with my water bottle and snacks to sustain me along the way (beans, almonds, mandarin and a tin of fish). I thought I'd measured the distance (according to the map) as around 10 miles, but as it turned out it was just over 12 miles, (nearly 19.5 kilometres!) .... so I well and truly exceeded my distance goal, but oh! so much more happened along the way!
As I continued my walk, and as my mind quietened down, I stopped to just appreciate the views, the stillness, the sunshine warming me and the fresh, clear air - and I realised that this was my great spirit walk!
As a Grey Nomad travelling in a caravan, I'm limited in the amount of "clutter" I can carry. And as I walked I realised that maybe my collecting of things, for me, is in pictures and sounds and smells. How I put all of that into a 'physical, artistic collage' I have no idea - but then perhaps I really don't need to physically 'create' a collage?
Yesterday I saw magpies, cockatoos, finches, cows grazing and two red robins. I heard frogs croaking along the creek banks and flocks of cockatoos above me screeching. I felt the swoop of a magpie as she dive bombed me several times and smelt the sweet smell of cow poo in abundance mixed with mud. Beautiful Aroma! And I tasted my delicious snacks as I walked: my crunchy green beans and almonds. The beans so cleansing after the nuts. And the sweet juice of my mandarin and later the smokey fish in my tin of smoked salmon. All so delicious.
All of my senses were activated: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
And an amazing sense of awareness and gratitude enveloped me. What joy, what bliss - for three hours, as I walked my own, very special 'Great Spirit Walk' and I was indeed - one with God. Bliss!
So my 'message' this week is twofold: firstly - why not give yourself the gift of 'time out' to take your own Great Spirit Walk - whatever, however and where ever that might be for you! And please! Feel free to add a comment below to this post - I'd love for you to share your thoughts (and indeed, your experiences)!
And secondly if you are interested in learning more about how to go about creating your own awareness, then perhaps give consideration to attending a Heal Your Life Workshop! Whether it's with me or another wonderful and gifted Workshop Leader, it will be a very special and memorable gift to yourself.
The next Heal Your Life workshop is next weekend, the 24th August! You'll find details on the Bookings page. Or visit the Heal Your Life website to find a workshop closer to you.
Until next week
sending love and rich blessings
have a wonderful week
ps! below are some pictures from my wonderful walk!