A community of peers created by the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation
Walking. It's easy, safe and FREE!
Let's all come up with a plan to walk and be accountable to each other by logging in here with our miles we walk each day/week.
Even if you only start out by walking around the block, log in that you did just that!
Bring us on your walk as you describe here what you saw, what fragrances were in the air. Was it spring flowers? Ocean breeze? Montain dew?
What did you hear? Waves crashing against the rocks at the seaside? Birds in the park?
Maybe you've joined or have been thinking of joining a walking club. Tell us about it, or, this is the time to join one.
Maybe you have a dog, like me, that keeps looking at you each day wondering if you're gonna take them for a walk!
Maybe you could take a picture of your walk and post it here to share with us.
Let's do it!!!!
good for you Jody! it takes guts to revisit "those" spots be it at home, the hospital, or any other landmark. You have faced down a fear and conquered it. That's a bunch of progress. I know you'll have a great time on your 50th by preparing so well. (((hugs)))
Today I ran 7 miles in honour of what would have been my husband Jerry's 52nd birthday. My longest run ever!!Going to eat it all back and enjoy some Carrot Cake.....his favourite.
Jody, what a great way to honor Jerry's birthday and also do something positive for yourself! Carrot cake was Daves favorite as well :)
Yesterday I walked for 2 hours with 6 other members of Widow Village at Bolsa Chica Wetlands. We were all starving afterwards and went for a late breakfast at Harbor House Cafe in nearby Sunset Beach.
Today, after seeing the musical Spamalot with a friend we walked around her neighborhood for about 30 - 45 mins.
Hopefully I'm getting back on track with walking!
This morning I called a friend to walk the san Gabriel River Walk/Rynerson Park Loop. It's about a 4 mile walk. It felt so good to be walking in nature. I always feel so energized with positive feelings when all my senses are taking in the sights and smells and sounds of the nature all around me. Then we went to El Pollo Loco and order 2 soft chicken toacos each and had a good time of just sharing our hearts.
it's good to walk and talk with a trusted friend :)
This morning I awoke just feeling empty. I was really feeling the double whamy of widow/childless grief. I knew I would need to sit with grief for a while this morning. So when my friend called this morning at 9:30 am to check on our plans to walk I asked her to give me an hour or two. So, after giving grief it's time with a cry and talk with God, I pulled on my walking shoes and off we went to walk the trails that meander around and through the Donald Trump Golf Course in Palo Verdes Cliffs above the ocean. About a 4 mile hike.
After our hike we went to my favorite deli in Malaga Cove and had soup and sammies.
It turned out to be a very satisfying day with a good friend, good food, good excersise and scenery :)
Sherbear, I am so glad that you were able to enjoy your day once you allowed yourself some "grief time". You were wise to acknowledge and deal with your emotions instead of trying to hide or push them away. Equally, it is important to not let them control/consume the entire day. Of course, in those first weeks and months we had little control or power over them, and grieving was all we could muster and we needed to bear with it. But as we heal, we can understand how to deal with grief without being powerless to it. You are an inspiration to others!
It's been almost a year since Dave died. I'm getting the fact that grief does need it's place and time but like you said and you said it well "as we heal we can understand how to deal with grief without being powerless to it".
I like that. I'm going to write that down somewhere so I can meditate on it when I need to.
Oh Sherbear, that's a great idea. I've been in Arkansas for the last month taking care of a friend with breast cancer. I've done very little but sit (which is unusual for me). It was very frustrating not to exercise. My nervous system does much better when I'm active. I love the title of this discussion, "Walk this way". Ken had Parkinson's disease which effected the left side of his body. He had a great sense of humor and when he wanted me to come look at something, he would say, "Walk this way." Then he would exaggerate his left foot drag and expect me to do the same. We would walk "That way" to whatever he wanted me to see. We always laughed as we "walked this way".
I laughed when I read this post :). My hubby had a great sense of humor as well. I'm hapy for you that youhave this memory.
Hopefully you can get some walking in soon. I am so sorry to hear of your friends cancer but I'm sure you will help her healing process at least mentally and emotionally and hopefully that will spill into the physical healing as well.
Yesterday I met with my spousal caregiver support group for lunch. I still meetup with this group because they saw me through the tough caregiver years and some of us have lost our spouses.
But, I decided to drive down to the area an hour early and take a walk around the nearby marina and the Seal Beach jetty. It was just the most perfect day! The sky was so blue, the breeze was just enough to keep the heat down, you could see Catalina Island and the wonderful aromas of sunscreen and ocean breeze made for a pleasant walk.
Enjoy your weekend where ever you are! And remember to take a walk somewhere :)
Well, I haven't been very faithful in my walking :(. To many multiple losses with family and now a friend soon.
But, since the time change I've been going to bed earlier and rising up earlier.
So, yesterday, when I awoke the first thing I thought of is "I should return to the morning walk is used to take for years".
It had just rained gently and I thought of how new and fresh and clean the outside world would be.
So, I drove to a nature trial 4 miles from my home and went walking.
The fragrances in the air were intoxicating! The leaves on the trees were so vibrate in color and clean from the rain. There was a cool crisp feel in the air and caused my cheeks to become flushed like newness of life was flooding in that day.
Part of the way on the trail I looked down and saw leaves had fallen from the trees surrounding me. As I looked closer at the leaves I noticed they were almost heart shaped. It made mefeel as though I were walking on a trail of love given from above which reminded me to always, everyday look up.
So, I going to make a good faith effort to return to the morning walk!
Recently, I made a trip with a dear friend to spread the ashes of my husband. We did several short easy hikes. There in Yosemite away from the madness of the grief and reminders of death and suffering still pressing in on me, I had clarity of mind I experienced such peace, joy, calmness, love and a better picture of what I want for my future life.
I've decided to begin making a visual poster of what I want in my life and post it in my room.
Have a great weekend everyone!