walking in the (open) air…

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03/09/2013 by Sarah Ritchie

Walking in the air

When was the last time you went for a walk – not in an air-conditioned gym on a treadmill, but in the real-life, open air?

“Walk” is usually one of those 4-letter words (such as “scrub”, “iron” and “dust”) that I try desperately to avoid. However, my morning routine for the past 10 years has included a 20 minute walk at around 6:30 am, motivated totally by our dogs. If I didn’t walk, they didn’t walk, and how could I possibly tell “those eyes” there would be no walkies today?

Last weekend I attended a Don Tolman seminar and was treated to Don’s captivating way of exposing truth and lies to do with food and health.

Don spoke about the 7 Ancient Principles of Health: air, water, sunshine, walking, wholefoods, non-toxic relationships and passion (interests).

The next morning I decided to re-think my morning walk and soak in two of the ancient principles: air and walking. I could have easily spent that time walking a couple of kms in the local gym, so why bother walking outside on this chilly, early-Spring day?

  • I could SMELL the sweetness of the change in season.
  • I could SEE the stunning sunrise and new leaves bursting on the branches.
  • I could HEAR the excited chatter of the birds.
  • I could FEEL the cool breeze on my skin.
  • I could APPRECIATE artwork that local children had left on the concrete.
  • I could BREATHE deeply of the fresh morning air.
  • I could ENJOY a special time with my dog.
  • I could EXPERIENCE a sense of hope: new day, new season, new opportunities.
  • oh, and the 20 min exercise was definitely an added bonus!

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