Lake of the Woods Trail, Desolation Wilderness, CA

Lake of the Woods Trail, Desolation Wilderness, CA

I was walking on the trail last week feeling puny (love that word), slogging along, when I heard a voice from decades ago:  “You have strong legs—use them!” said the Aikido sensei to me during the brief period when I studied that wonderful, non-violent martial art.

I felt a jolt of energy, my speed naturally picked up, and my mood shifted.

When I shared the insight with my hiking buddy, he said “yes, I imagine my legs are the driver wheels of a steam locomotive.”  Another friend uses the image of the tracks of a (non-military) tank gliding along, effortless rolling over any obstacle.

For me simply being mindful of my legs has been enough to power my walking.  As I learned with meditation, the mind keeps wandering off; the trick is to notice it sooner and come back.  On this week’s hike it was my negative, worried thoughts about my fatigue or feeling my posture resume its old slumping position that cued me to re-focus.

Upper Velma Lake, Desolation Wilderness, CA

Upper Velma Lake, Desolation Wilderness, CA

Hike on!

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2 Responses to Legs

  1. Kim says:

    I imagine I’m a mountain goat, putting one sure foot in front of the other! Love this post…such a powerful reminder of how we can let our imaginations help us along. Life feels like a luscious blend of fantasy and reality sometimes. <3

    • love the mountain goat image too! love your comment “let our imaginations bring us along” is a wonderful contemplation (of course, for the wise and the foolish directions!). And “lush blend of fantasy and reality” sure rings true too! Glad the out of kilter photos didn’t get in the way of your reading it if you caught it in email or RSS. On the website it looks fine!

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