Changing Your Emotional State While Walking

Since we are supposed to walk for an hour a day, especially if you have a weight vest and are trying to improve bone density, what else can you do on that walk that would accomplish something really life-changing for you?

A few days ago I was totally bummed with an emotional issue that I just couldn’t get out of my mind. So I was doing the hamster-wheel thing in my head going over and over it. I was walking on the beach because that is so healing for me but even that wasn’t really working to get me out of my funk.

Then a young woman walked by having a conversation with her earbuds and she was swinging her arms vigorously and walking like a powerful person. I suddenly noticed my internal and external physiology, my posture, and I got the realization I was walking like my mother in her last years. Towards the end her mind was going and she didn’t remember that she was loved and she was afraid of dying and she walked like a scared, depressed person.

My posture wasn’t that bad but there was enough of that energy present to surprise me. I straightened up immediately and slid my shoulder blades down my spine trying to make them meet in the middle of my back. I swung my arms more vigorously and I lengthened my stride. I didn’t get on the phone because I think that is insane on the beach πŸ˜‰

Immediately I felt better, in fact I burst out laughing at the change. I suddenly saw the stew I was in from a new perspective and saw clearly that the other person was not going to change so all I could change was my reaction. I could create better boundaries so this person could not affect my self-image. I am fine, he is fine, we are just not walking the same path. Why would we be? We basically all have to find the path that works for us in this life.

So then I experimented with other emotional states as I walked along to see how many states I could get into and out of by merely changing my posture. I have a total belief in using the power of body awareness to create in your life but I somehow forgot to use that when I was in the dumps. Luckily my inner wisdom created this young woman to teach me in the moment I needed it.

My soul friend, Lisa, was walking with me the very next day and said she had found a new way to know what was right for her. She just asked herself, “Would this give me more Lisa or less Lisa?”
Same thing with the walk, “Am I walking like BIG PAM or like small pam?”

So try it for yourself. Ask yourself some questions as you walk:

  • Am I walking like anyone I know?
  • Is my body expressing any specific emotion with my movement?
  • Am I fully present in this moment – or in the past or future?
  • Am I expressing all the enthusiasm I could in this moment?
  • Am I allowing myself to feel the joy in the world in this moment?
  • Am I appreciating all that I have in this moment?
  • Am I sending back love to nature, or the planet, or Gaia, or trees, or flowers, or whatever in this moment.

Instead of just getting some exercise or improving your bones, you can be improving your whole life in your hour of walking. What a blessing it is to have the hour of freedom, so many women don’t.

Please let me know in the comments if you can make this work on the treadmill. It might be a little more difficult.

I think I’m going to put this on the weight vest blog and the HealthyOver50 blog because it applies to both.

Enjoy your walking,

Pam

Self-Confidence

What does self-confidence mean to you?
Is it when you are sure you are in your right place in the world and making a difference?
When you know you are doing a great job and adding value with your work?
When all your relationships are working well and no-one is upset with you?

That third one may be your weak spot!
Why? Because you aren’t really in control of that. Other people do what they do and think what they think and may see you very differently that you see yourself. Trying to please everyone in your life is a waste of time and energy.

Our family especially can take us to the mat in a heartbeat. They often have a fixed, outdated picture of us that doesn’t relate to our present reality at all. And they often don’t want us to change, especially to move into our BIGNESS.

I noticed this past month that my self-confidence plummeted when I was not feeling my best – after eating all my suspected allergens before my allergy test.
I think that is a big snag with getting older. We may go through more times when our health is not the best and it would be a good thing to not feel emotionally down at the same time.

So I was wondering how to maintain my self-confidence on days that I felt like throwing in the towel and going back to bed. Actually I smile when I say that because I haven’t had a day in bed since I can remember πŸ˜‰

Here are some ways that work for me:

My own version of the morning meditation, you’ll find the free download here -meditation. Pay special attention to the third eye chakra, where you allow yourself to see your true beauty and brilliance.

Remembering a time when I felt supremely self-confident, I knew I had just hit it out of the park, and feeling that feeling in my body, and then anchoring it in by saying something like “I am in my right place today.”

Doing something fun just for me. Walking on the beach or doing some artwork.

Doing something that I know I am successful with, it’s just easy for me.

Sending heart energy to the person who is upset with me or who I am upset with. Seeing the situation from a distance high above my head, closer to Source, and knowing that this came up to teach us both something.

Using the Tapping for Joy tool that I mention on the emotional clearing page.

Helping someone in need. Putting a smile on someone’s face.

Anything we are doing that has the word ‘self’ in front of it: self-love, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-control, is always a work in progress. Some days it will be present in our lives everywhere we turn and then the Universe brings us something new to deal with and we are back in the trenches.
We don’t get done while we are still in a body πŸ˜‰
Unless we are in a cave in the Himalayas maybe.

100 day challenge check-in. I’m on my eighth day and I had difficulty with my first trapeze lesson. It was hard to get on the darn thing. To bring my legs from vertical to over my head seemed to be impossible – not a movement we practice much in this culture πŸ˜‰
So I’m back to basics, strengthening the core with the exercises that I am doing here in this video.Β When I’m actually on the trapeze I loved it.

May you feel confident enough to move into your BIGNESS this week!

Pam Β  Β emoticon('gold')