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Nature Therapy - Walking in Nature

Updated on February 7, 2011

Therapeutic Walking Improves Your Well Being

Walking in nature can have many therapeutic benefits for the person walking. Walking promotes the health of the mind, the body and the spirit. Another term for walking in nature is Green Therapy.

John Muir once wrote, In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

Taking a walk or a hike to enjoy the scenery, the fresh air and the activity can help in calming and clearing the mind, managing stress and depression and improving one's overall health.

Other more focused techniques such as a walking meditation, walking a labyrinth or grief walking can be beneficial for the body and the spirit as a way to promote health and well-being.

Robert Sweetgall reminds us of one of the other benefits of walking:

We live in a fast-paced society.
Walking slows us down.


Simply slowing down the pace of life by spending more time walking helps reduce the stress and improve your overall health and well being.

Photo Source: Modified Microsoft Image.

Therapeutic Ways of Walking in Nature - Walking to Promote Health and Well-being

Some of the different ways that walking can help either informally, or more formally to benefit the whole person--mind, body and spirit include:

Walking at A Pace that Reminds You to Slow Down

Slowing Down to Enjoy Life


  • Slow down and enjoy life.
  • It's not only the scenery you miss by going to fast -
  • you also miss the sense
  • of where you are going and why.
  • Eddie Cantor

Photo Source: Modified Microsoft Image.

Nature as the Therapy

Nature is One of the Best Prescriptions for Promoting Health

There is a healing quality to nature, which has been known for centuries be it taking time to smell the roses, meditating on a mountain, lying in a wildflower field, strolling by a meandering stream, or hiking in ancient redwood groves. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, recognized this powerful attribute in his humbling statement, Nature cures-not the physician.

People instinctively turn to outdoor and nature-loving activities as a way of relaxing and enhancing their well-being. Nature can aid in facilitating self-awareness and promoting healing. For many the outdoors is a source of inspiration, solace, guidance and regeneration.

Time spent outdoors can be restorative and healing. Whether running through a canyon, walking on the sunny beach, hiking through a fern-filled forest, scrambling over rocks along a creek side, watching the last few rays of the setting sun, strolling along a moonlit night, or just sitting breathing fresh clean air, being out in nature is one of the best prescriptions for promoting health, well-being and encouraging healing.

Source:

Dyer KA. 2002. Nature Awareness as a Therapeutic Modality:

Part 1: The Healing Qualities of Nature. Resources. Journey of Hearts.

  • Walking is the great adventure,
  • the first meditation,
  • a practice of heartiness
  • and soul primary to humankind.
  • Walking is the exact balance
  • between spirit and humility.
  • Gary Snyder
  • The Practice of the Wild

Photo Source: Modified Microsoft Image.

Using Quotations to Enhance a Walk

Quotes for Reflecting and Contemplating While Walking

Naturalist Sigurd Olson would bring quotations, poems, words of wisdom or philosophy copied on scraps of paper along on his canoe trips.

Once in the wilderness, he would pull out the paper scraps, read the thoughts and think about what the words meant to him.

I have scattered a collection of quotations about walking throughout this lens that can be copied on pieces of paper and used to inspire your next walk.

Photo Credit: Thorsten Epping. One Moment. Used with Permission.

Walking Haiku

Quotes on Walking


  • Walking around
  • an early spring garden
  • going nowhere.
  • Kyoshi

Photo Source: Nat Arnett. Spring Garden. Royalty Free Use.

Green Therapy Has Many Benefits - Improving Mood, Helping with Depression and ADHD

Green therapy is being exposed to natural settings or being out in nature. It is about getting out of doors and becoming active in a green environment to boost mental health. This includes taking regular walks in the countryside or the park, flying a kite, or taking part in a gardening therapy project.

  • To find the universal elements enough;
  • to find the air and the water exhilarating;
  • to be refreshed by a morning walk
  • or an evening saunter;
  • to be thrilled by the stars at night;
  • to be elated over bird's nest
  • or a wildflower in spring -
  • these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
  • John Burroughs
Photo Source: Anthony Thomas. Pre-dawn walk. Royalty Free Use.

Ecopsychology, Ecotherapy - Combining Ecology and Psychology

Exploring the Therapeutic Benefits of Ecology

Ecopsychology or Ecotherapy are the more formal definitions being used to describe the study of the emotional bond with the Earth or how the nature can have a therapeutic benefit and aid with a healing process.

Ecopsychology explores how to make links and bonds with nature. It is a way to take psychotherapy out of office buildings and into the open.

A simple walk in the woods, even in a city park, is refreshing, because that's what humans have over thousands of years evolved to do. The beneficial effects of natural settings, and even of looking at pictures of landscapes, can be measured. They have been verified in psychological studies.

Ecotherapy helps people find balance, connection, guidance, and healing through deepening their relationship with the natural world.

This could be as simple as taking a walk every day, paying attention to seasonal changes; or joining with others to clean up a local stream--all the way up to solo fasts in the wilderness.

Sources:

Ecopsychology. Wikipedia. Term Credited to Theodore Roszak.

Mackey J. Ecotherapy.

John Kabat-Zinn on Walking Meditation

Quotes on Walking

  • We carry our mind around with us when we walk, so we are usually absorbed in our own thoughts to one extent or another. We are hardly ever just walking, even when we are just going out for a walk.
  • Walking meditation involves intentionally attending to the experience of walking itself. This brings your attention to the actual experience of walking as you are doing it, focusing on the sensations in your feet and legs, feeling your whole body moving.
  • John Kabat-Zinn

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Walking Meditation - A Way of Walking to Focus Your Mind

Walking is an effective addition to traditional meditation. With a walking meditation the experience of walking becomes the focus.

While walking you are able to become more mindful and more aware of the entire process as you bring your attention to the actual experience of walking.

Try the following techniques when walking:

  1. Focus on the body's sensations. Become aware of the movement throughout your body.
  2. Focus on counting. Count each step: 1, 2, 3... until 10. When you reach 10 start over again.
  3. Focus on noting the movements. Concentrate on the activity and each phase of a foot's movement.
  4. Focus on the breath. Breathe normally. Notice the steps that are taken as you inhale & exhale.
  5. Focus on the energy. Feel the energy flow, up from the ground to you, from you to the earth.
  6. Focus on a mantra or an affirmation. Repeat a phrase in rhythm with your steps. "I am calmer."
  7. Focus on the shifting of weight. Feel the body weight as it transfers from one part to another.
  8. Focus on the mental processes. Become aware of the thought that initiates moving your foot.

  • Our true home is in the present moment.
  • To live in the present moment is a miracle.
  • The miracle is not to walk on water.
  • The miracle is to walk on the green Earth
  • in the present moment...
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
Photo Source: Michal Zacharzewski. Tourists in the mountains. Royalty Free Use.

Walking Meditation

Therapeutic Walking or Hiking

Focusing on What Surrounds You in Nature

Walking, hiking or getting out in nature can provide many restorative benefits and, as Paul White points out, "do more good for an unhappy adult than all the medicine in the world".

With therapeutic walking the walker is encouraged to focus on nature, to look at the little things underfoot, to notice the surrounding environment and to pay attention to the journey--the many things that are missed when walking lost in thoughts. Taking time to slow down, to notice and reflect on the surroundings-trees, plants, animals, rock formations and wildflowers-can be very restorative and worthwhile.

Therapeutic walking can have healing effects. Simply take the time to notice the many examples of how nature has survived tragedy and healed. Wounded trees are powerful examples of life continuing despite disaster or tragedy and the recuperative abilities of nature.

In nature death is a natural occurrence and accepted. Plants and animals die, decay and new life grows from their dying. Being more attuned to the survival cycle of nature provides a person struggling to cope with profound insights into coping with his or her problems, life challenges and struggles.

Adapted from Source:

Dyer KA. 2002. Nature Awareness as a Therapeutic Modality:

Part 1: The Healing Qualities of Nature. Resources. Journey of Hearts.

Image by Nitin Ale
Image by Nitin Ale

Walking Serenely

Quotes on Walking

  • I stroll along serenely,
  • with my eyes,
  • my shoes
  • my rage,
  • forgetting everything.
  • Pablo Neruda
  • (Translated)

Photo Source: Nitin Ale. Solitude. Royalty Free Use.

Walking the Labyrinth - An Ancient Spiritual Tool

In the past 10 years there has been an increased interest in Labyrinths. These archetypes are being used as a spiritual tool, or a healing modality in a variety of settings from churches and schools to hospitals and prisons.

By blending visual symbolism with the process of walking, labyrinths create a walking meditation that can be used to enhance awareness, reduce stress, quiet the mind and open the heart.

While following the ancient pattern, the walker's attention is focused on the process of stepping, placing one foot in front of the other and breathing in controlled, regulated manner.

Four different paths for using the labyrinth have been described. Each path revolves around a different focus of meditation:

  1. The Path of Image: The walker follows whatever memories, dreams or images that the mind or imagination brings forth.
  2. The Path of Silence: The walker opens his/her mind and heart by emptying the agitation of the outer world. This allows the walker to move into the present moment and become more centered.
  3. The Path of Prayer: The walker recites a traditional prayer, scripture or verse, line of poetry, or original prayer. The pattern can be repeated over and over, be rhythmic or not.
  4. The Path of Questioning: The walker poses a question and seeks an answer upon entering the labyrinth. Walking allows him/her to more deeply explore or become aware of possible solutions.

Looking for Truth Outside Yourself

Quotes on Walking

  • If you look for the truth outside yourself,
  • It gets farther and farther away.
  • Today walking alone, I meet it everywhere I step.
  • It is the same as me, yet I am not it.
  • Only if you understand it in this way
  • Will you merge with the way things are.
  • Tung-Shan
Photo Source: Simona Jakov. Step. Royalty Free Use.

The Walk as a Metaphor for Challenge

Coping with the Journey One Step at a Time

There is an Ancient Chinese Proverb that about a journey...

A journey of a thousand miles

must begin

with a single step.

The walk itself can become a metaphor for coping with difficulties or life challenges. One moves along the footpath and begins the journey through life by taking the route one single step at a time followed by another and another.

During a walk (or when facing a challenge) the walker must pace him/herself to make it to the end of the trail or the top of the mountain.

Along the way challenges may be encountered and fears about the journey may surface. These fears may at first seem insurmountable, but they are met and conquered.

Mountain climber Jim Whitaker, who ascended Mount Everest, points out:

It is not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.

You never conquer a mountain.

Mountains can't be conquered;

You conquer yourself

Your hopes, your fears.

Adapted from Source:

Dyer KA. 2002. Nature Awareness as a Therapeutic Modality:

Part 1: The Healing Qualities of Nature. Resources. Journey of Hearts.

  • Through the act of trusting the path,
  • of giving up conscious control
  • of how things should go
  • and being receptive to our inner state,
  • we can be opened up to a whole new world.
  • Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress

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The Cycle of Life Playing Out in Nature

A Reminder that Death is Inevitable

  • In the forest the seasons came
  • and went and with them,
  • death came to the flowers,
  • trees and animals.
  • It was all part of the life cycle.
  • Death is an inevitable part of life.
  • Sharon Kidd

Photo Source: G & A Scholiers. Fall. Royalty Free Use.

Walking for Inspiration During Times of Challenge - Discovering in Nature Examples of Surviving and Thriving

Walking with awareness allows the walker or hiker to notice the all parts of life cycle, from birth to death. When in nature-you see examples of decay and death but also of restoration and renewal.

Being in nature one becomes aware of the infinite circle of life. There is evidence of decay, destruction and death; there are also examples of rejuvenation, restoration, and renewal. The never-ending cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth can put life and death into perspective and impart a sense of constancy after experiencing a life changing loss or a death.

Nature has strong regenerative capabilities to heal damage caused by fire, lightening, flood, earthquakes or blights. Looking closely amidst the ruins of fire or flood affected areas one can find signs of new growth and new life. Nature demonstrates the ability to survive despite strong forces that challenge her.

  • If you watch how nature deals with adversity,
  • continually renewing itself,
  • you can't help but learn.
  • Bernie Seigel, MD
If observant, you can find countless examples of a natural inner strength by looking at how nature copes with challenge-the ability not only to survive disasters, destruction, hardship and loss, but to grow and thrive.

Some notable examples:

  • Roads may lie hidden under the snow, yet the path is still there, visible above the snow.
  • Trees and plants grow from rocks where their roots have pierced through small bits of soil to find water for their survival.
  • Wildflowers grow protected under a canopy of tree and plant leaves.
  • Over time, trees change their growth patterns, being molded by the wind, forces of nature and other challenges.
  • Wounded, damaged or burnt trees keep growing despite missing pieces or falling over. The trees heal over the wounded part and learning to keep growing (or going) despite the damage.
  • New life-plants, ferns, foliage, trees-arises from old-growth trees, cut down or burned.

Image by Brian Lary
Image by Brian Lary

Walking the Proper Pace to Travel through Grief

Quote on Grief Walking

  • We can't escape
  • or walk away from grief;
  • we walk through it.
  • And walking,
  • not running,
  • not crawling-
  • is the proper pace
  • to be traveling.
  • Linus Mundy

Photo Source: Brian Lary. Royalty Free Use.

Grief Walking - A Variation on Walking Meditation

A variation on walking meditation is grief walking, as a means of using a physical activity to counterbalance the strong emotions exhibited during grief.

Walking can be used as a way of healing the grief following a loss—step by step. It can be a way of "being" with the essence of a person lost to death by remembering him/her while walking with them in a spiritual sense.

The grief walking process involves four basic segments:

  1. Breathing: Being consciously aware of the air moving in and out of the chest. Focusing on breathing helps center a person, make them more mindful, attentive and feel connected.
  2. Counting: Counting provides the tempo, rhythm and beat to the walk. One counts the steps in cadence with each breath.
  3. Stepping: Stepping is the physical part of the process, placing one foot after the other.
  4. Utterance: This is the mantra, message, meditation that is used as the focus of the process. The utterance should be one that has meaning to the grief walker—the name of the person lost, a traditional phrase, a brief prayer, or a favorite quotation. The utterances may need to change with time and circumstance.

Books to Motivate Your Walking Available on Amazon

Walking Like Churchgoing

  • My father considered
  • a walk among the mountains
  • as the equivalent
  • of churchgoing.
  • Aldous Huxley

Photo Source: Andreas Ley. Sunbeams through trees. Royalty Free Use.

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I wore Rockports during my residency days to be able to stay on my feet for hours at a time.

I lived in my Venice Keens all summer as great walking shoes or walking sandals.

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I wore Rockports during my residency days to be able to stay on my feet for hours at a time.

I lived in my Venice Keens all summer as great walking shoes or walking sandals.

Resources Used Alphabetically

From an Earlier Article on Nature Awareness as a Therapeutic Modality

Anglund, Joan Walsh. Crocus In the Wind: A Book of Poems. Random House, 1990.

Artress, Lauren. Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool. Riverhead Books, 1995.

Backes, David. The Wilderness Companion: Reflections for the Back-Country Traveler. Northwood Press, 1992.

Browning, Peter. John Muir, In His Own Words: A Book of Quotations. Great West Books, 1988.

Burns, George. Nature Guided Therapy: Brief Integrative Strategies for Health and Well Being. Brunner/Mazel Publication, 1998

Cohen, Michael. Reconnecting with Nature: Finding Wellness through Restoring Your Bond with the Earth. Ecopress, 1997.

Cornell, Joseph. Listening to Nature: How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature. Dawn Publications, 1987.

Cumes, David. Inner Passages Outer Journeys. Llewellyn Publishers, 1998.

Hanh, Thich Nhat. The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation. Parallax Press, 1996.

Hickman, Martha Whitmore. Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief. Avon, 1994.

Lindberg, Anne Morrow. Gift from the Sea. Pantheon Books, 1975.

Mundy, Linus. Grief Walking: Four Prayerful Steps to Healing After Loss. Abbey Press, 1998.

Stern, Ellen Sue. Living with Loss: Meditations for Grieving Widows. Dell Publishing, 1995.

Tinsley, Sonya. First Aid for the Soul. Peter Pauper Press, Inc. 1998.

Zadra, Dan. Forever Remembered. Compendium Inc. 1997.


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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Colin323: I try do a lot of walking in silence, but if I am walking with the kids, it can be a bit challenging. Then we use it as out family talking time.

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      I live within sight of ilkley moor, Yorkshire. The sun was shining this morning at 6.00am so I set off, returning 3 hours later feeling mentally and physically refreshed. Walking is great when you are wrestling with issues ('The Path of Questioning') as the answers can come to you as you focus on them. But I enjoy 'the Path of Silence' type of walking best and to just enjoy the physical experience.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @anonymous: Getting out in nature is so important to our mental health.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We live across the road from a lake/nature park. That's why we won't move. We try to get over there as much as possible.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @happynutritionist: My ultimate goal is to live in the middle of nature. I get out and walk daily to enjoy being in nature.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      This is why I like living in the middle of the beauty of Nature, it is healing comforting therapeutic. I love walking outside enjoying the beauty of it all.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Jogalog: Me too.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love walking in the mountains to really relax and unwind.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @anonymous: Walking is a great way to not only exercise, but to de-stress and unwind.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love to walk and this is a great reminder that walking can help us through the most difficult times.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Fantastic article about one of my favorite things to do, walking in nature! Blessed. :)

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      Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Food for thought... I'm trying to walk more and I really appreciated your lens.

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I try to walk just about every day. My dog & I walk the pastures, and I really enjoy seeing the flowers, plants, and other animals that we come across. Great way to get away from it all, slow down a bit, and just enjoy life!

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      I have always found walking to be a meditative activity, especially in the woods. I've learned so much about myself during my long hikes.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      You see so much more when you go walking, and the view changes every time you walk a given route. I find it really relaxing as well as good exercise. Nicely done, blessed and added to my Deer Creek Walk lens, which is about walking around the neighborhood where I used to live in Florida, a walk that I did frequently and used to enjoy a lot.

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      OUTFOXprevention1 5 years ago

      Very relaxing! Love walks. Great lens.

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      Zhana 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Just reading it is calming and relaxing.

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      Anahid LM 5 years ago

      Hi It is beautiful lens, walking is great if we do it always. Thank you. Have a nice day. Anna

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      A "depth" lens... in time and space... Walking - always the best "escape" for body, soul & mind!

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      laki2lav 6 years ago

      a lot of good info here. thank you

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Walking is wonderful and I love it, but have to admit that I haven't walked much these past few months. I'm glad that summer is almost here and the weather will be great for taking walks.

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      reasonablerobby 6 years ago

      very thought provoking lens

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      Violin-Student 6 years ago

      John Adams always recommended a good walk! Thanks for this page.

      Art Haule

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      askhelen 6 years ago

      I love walking. Gives me time to reflect and to create.

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Really enjoy the lens - and I'm a big fan of nature walking. I currently live near a riverbed trail that has become my new favorite form of exercise.

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      kathirjaz 6 years ago

      Doctor in squidoo, Hello squidoo doctor thanks for sharing this lens about walking. may others benefited by this lens and prevented from mental and physical fatigues

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      Cheryl57 LM 6 years ago

      Truly good words here, excellent presentation; makes me wish I could go for long walks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I will have to give it a try to see how I feel.

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      AWildDog 6 years ago

      Being in nature is very therapeutic for me in it's simplest form. Great lens.

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      I attended a mindfulness retreat once, and found myself spending a week in silent walking . Slow walking, fast walking, barefoot on ice and gravel walking, walking at night in the dark, walking at sunrise, just walking. What I learnt and experienced has never left me. I love your lens.

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      JulietJohnson 6 years ago

      I so agree with your father about walking in the mountains and feeling closer to God! With the light dappling through the leaves, the fresh smells, the connection to nature, it can be a mighty experience!

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      I just love this lens! Motivation to get walking and nature is very therapeutic.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      Walking is good for the mind, body, and soul. Thank you for putting this lens together.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll be walking in the mountains tomorrow - my first day of vacation. I'm glad I read this.

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      NarrowPathPubli 6 years ago

      I love this! I revere nature as part of my spiritual walk...now I want to do it as part of my physical walk as well.

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      Sensitive Fern 6 years ago

      I hadn't thought about nature walking in quite these terms before. It's great! A friend of mine just showed me some new shoes with toes in them. They're like walking barefoot only with a tough sole.

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      You have really covered LOTS of territory!

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      Louis Wery 6 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      What a beautiful lens! We added green walking to our summertime and the practice has calmed us. Taking a tip from you, we plan to sprinkle our walks with poetic thoughts. Many thanks for your suggestions.

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      Clyde2 6 years ago

      Walking 30 minutes a day does indeed help a lot with your health, body and mind alike. I am a guide at new york city walking tours now and this is the most beautiful jobs I had.

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      Peregrina LM 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful page! I love the photos and the quotations.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Another great resource from Comfortdoc. Love walking in nature!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wonderful! Love to walk in the woods and commune with nature...always feel so peaceful.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Just got back from my walk in the neighborhood and couldn't agree more with all of the benefits you listed. Walking is a great way to practice being present and you've shown us how to do that.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      There is nothing like a walk in the woods:) Great lens, 5*

      Peace,

      Debra

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      DirtnapJoe LM 7 years ago

      I really did enjoy this. I always find the woods,trails and paths around my home here a most delightful and rewarding experience. This is a rather large lens you have here, so I will enjoy it a lot more throughout the week. Kudos to you good doctor on a very informative, enlightening and rewarding lens.

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      StrangeConversa 8 years ago

      Great lens. I've always found walking therapeutic and recently conquered my fear of heights by walking up mount Snowdon in Wales. I created a lens about the experience. Please check it out if you have a chance. I will lensroll this lens with mine.

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      PreCap2 8 years ago

      A great lens about what many of us are missing. Thanks for taking us back to the basics - to the natural path.

      Get free natural health recipe for many common ailments and also research update in natural medicine from the continents

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      Davidfstillwagon 8 years ago

      Walking always has a soothing effect on me, especially if it is on a quiet trail.

      great lens! I'll give it a 5

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      Duncan9 8 years ago

      Mindfulness walking! Allowing nature to enter our energy field. Very inspiring lens!

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      Suko 8 years ago

      What a wonderful, inspiring lens! I am an avid walker, and thoroughly enjoyed your inspirational lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent site, I've been poking around squidoo quite a but and I don't think I've seen so much useful info on one lens yet. :)

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      What a beautiful lens and such good advice for our stressful world. Thanks for joining the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens links to the appropriate plexos and vote for them.

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      beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

      I love walking especially at the beach or trekking in the mountains. Just my type of lens. 5*!

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      RinchenChodron 9 years ago

      What a fun, educational and useful thoughtful lens - FIVE BIG STARS.

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      Wordilydoc 9 years ago

      I liked the way this lens is designed. It is just as peaceful as the points you are bringing across. You are a true master of your profession. Thumbs up!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great Lens!!!

      "do more good for an unhappy adult than all the medicine in the world".

      It is true, I think more people need to know the miralces of Walking. It even helps in Overcoming Depression .

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      religions7 9 years ago

      Great idea for a lens, though I cannot imagine buying shoes online... That's perhaps just me...

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      Don Munn 9 years ago

      A 5 star lens if I ever saw one.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      What a wonderfully peaceful lens!

      A Fairy Tale Wolf was checking out your lens and liked it so well that he is sending you a virtual cup of coffee to hang on your wall.

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      Oosquid 9 years ago

      Your great lens has reminded me to get out and walk more, thanks for making it. 5 stars. Beggars Banquet