I am thrilled that Spring is finally here in the Chicagoland area. Although winter outdoor activities can be great fun, there is nothing like camping, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, cycling and swimming in the warmth of the Spring and Summer sun. I am already planning several camping trips this summer; and have taken short hikes getting my legs prepared. The first on the list is a trip to Door County . If you have never been it is beautiful. It is getting a little touristy in certain areas, but there are plenty of places to find some solitude.
After being indoors and at a gym most of winter, minus the days of snowball fights and building snow forts and snowmen, my whole bodymind is anticipating every aspect my "in-season" outdoor excursions: The smell of the crisp, sweet air; the feel of the warm sun on my skin; the cool breeze off the lake wrapping around me; the sound of young leaves rustling in the trees; and the tickle of sweat down my brow as I exert myself on trails. Now that is living!
Being outdoors really is a whole "mind-body" experience. It feeds your mind, body and soul. A hard hike may exhaust the body, but in some way rejuvenates the soul. The mind can wander and take a break from the fast-paced day-to-day routine. And at the end of the hike your mind, body and soul are once again one - the bodymind .
This sense of oneness is because the Great Outdoors demands your full attention. You cannot help be in the moment. There really is something to be said for the saying, "stop to smell the roses." Most days we are not thinking about what we are doing, but what we are going to be doing. Our focus tends to be on the future and not the now. [Sigh] This is why I have such a passionate and loving relationship with exercise and nature. The demand for my full attention creates this healthy addictive affect.
It only seems fitting that I write this blog today becuase "Mother Earth" is the mother of all mothers. And what better to do on Mother's Day than to plan a trip to spend more time out with Mother Earth!