Walking in Awareness

We are coming into a frenetic time of year, our schedules stacked with a cornucopia of social engagements, both personal and business, and lots and lots of family. Which means that more than any time of year, we serve ourselves best by carving out time to regroup. So I invite you to do this by taking some short walks over the next month or so.

Breathe deeply and walk in awareness … awareness of what you see, what you hear, what you smell, what you feel. Take these few moments simply to “notice” your environment. Be it a residential street or the company parking lot, whether you are in shorts and a t-shirt or boots and a winter coat, disengage your schedule and engage your senses. I do this regularly, and it truly helps reset my inner balance.

Just this morning I took a little stroll and decided to photograph what I noticed. I know you can’t hear the twitter of finches or the drawl of our neighborhood quails. You can’t feel the soft breeze on my face or the warmth of the sun on my back. But maybe, from my noticing in these photos, you can conjure the dusty scent of desert that permeates the early November air here in Arizona.

 

Notice the shadows and textures of these beautiful trees.

 

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Arizona cactus just about to bloom.

 

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Palm trees ~ the sentinels of my neighborhood.

 

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Soft sunlight peeking through weeping branches.

 

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The juxtaposition of new growth from an old, gnarled tree trunk …

 

Few things say fall like pumpkins in the yard.
Hello, pretty pumpkins!

 

Every time a Jack-o-Lantern sees his shadow...
Every time a Jack-o-Lantern sees his shadow…

 

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The gorgeous fuchsia of Bougainvillea blossoms always hold my eye.

I invite you to photograph your own noticings and share them with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WalkingwithPlynn, and check out my Pinterest board, What I see.

Tis the season to take care of your Self!

Blessings, Plynn

 

Author: Plynn Gutman

Plynn Gutman is a certified coach with a refreshing and holistic approach to achieving an Integrated Life. Specialized retreats, workshops and classes are all a part of Plynn’s wide array of resources that she offers along with useful life lessons, tips and advice through her blog. A writer at heart, with several titles available, Plynn's variety of work appeals to everyone.

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