I was walking in the park last week, the day of that ice storm....where it looked like our city was covered in snow, but it was really covered in pretty nasty ice pellets. I hadn’t been able to get outside much last week, and the roads were super clear, and I really wanted to go on a walk, so out I went.
I meandered down a path I’ve walked plenty of times before. There are spots where you have to pay attention even in normal circumstances, but there are plenty of places where you can just walk, and see the sights around you and listen to the life in the woods without paying too close attention to your feet.
Last week was not one of those days. I had to walk painfully slow on that trail, and I had to be mindful every single step of the way. I was required to pay attention to every single footstep on that trail that particular day, as the trail was so incredibly slippery. It took so much more mental energy to walk that path then it normally does, as I was constantly required to be mindful.
As I walked, I was noticing how that trail was mirroring life. There are times when we hardly need to pay attention to the path around us, it’s so clear and sure and known. The path we’re on feels easy. And there are times when we have to be constantly mindful of where we’re going, of where our foot is stepping. We have to be mindful every step of the way.
May we, this week, find a little more mindfulness even if we’re in a spot in life where we don’t need to pay too close attention...and may we find a little more sure-footedness if our path is a little slippery at this moment in time.
I hope you have a fabulous week dear friends, I am so grateful for you!
Krista is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She has an online studio with all sorts of different class types!