|Lake Alpine Access Trail-Bear Valley, CA|
Trying to empty my head of thoughts is pretty tough. My mind tends to just keep right on going! As a consequence, much of my time walking is spent trying to work one thing or another out. This morning I couldn't even say for certain what it was that I was chewing on. At one point though, on the return trip, I stopped to remove my jacket. It was cold and windy but I had gotten overheated. As I stood still for a moment I keyed into the sound of the wind. It was whooshing through the trees next to me. I can't believe I missed it. As I finished up my walk I started to hear all sorts of sounds: geese, birds calling to each other, the crunch of the gravel underfoot, an airplane, some traffic from the road above, and the sound of the water. Well, I imagined the water sound I think! But, it was very nice to notice those other noises. It felt like even though I was alone I wasn't actually alone. It made me wonder just how much was really going on around me that I hadn't taken notice of before. Give it a try next time you are outside by yourself. I bet you will be amazed.