On my recent holiday in France for the Kenya Quilt Guild exhibition at the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork and subsequent stay in Paris with my best friend from America, I felt GREAT! The reason why? I WALKED!
I've done yoga for many years, but I must admit that walking is probably my favorite form of exercise. With an iPhone on my person, I became aware through its Health application that I was doing a lot more walking than usual.
Getting any kind of exercise at Baringo is tricky. It's VERY hot here, and the equatorial sun burns in a flash! Those are two reasons why yoga works well here--you can do it indoors with minimal or no clothing on. Nevertheless, walking in France made me feel so good, that I determined to carry on walking when I returned home.
I downloaded the Runtastic Steps app. It works in conjunction with Health, and it does a great job of helping me meet my walking goals. I walk our dogs twice a day, in the early morning before it gets too hot, and during the last half-hour or so before the sun sinks below the horizon, when the heat of the day is finally abating.
I thought we were all meant to walk 10,000 steps a day to keep healthy. In those two times, morning and evening, I'm able to walk a recorded total of more than 8,000 steps. I figure I make up most of the difference walking in the house but those steps don't go onto my phone because I don't wear the phone on my person. At any rate, I'm feeling GREAT!!
AND--I'm reading while I walk!! I downloaded an audiobook from Kentucky Libraries Unbound (I have a Kentucky library card) onto my phone, set the audiobook to play on Overdrive, plug in my headset, and set off. Over the last few days, I've listened to Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now."
Like doing yoga, this audiobook is meditative. Tolle's voice is soft but unyielding. He speaks slowly and with a slight European accent, but he speaks well and with obvious intelligence. The book is not a new book, but I've learned a lot from it, and I recommend it to anyone who seeks spiritual enlightenment. I did not find anything in this book with which I did not agree!
Now, if I can just keep the dogs from killing the goats we meet along the path (that's positive action taken in the Now), walking could actually become pleasurable again for me! I can thus improve both my body and my mind!
Think I'll pick up a couple of muzzles this week . . .
Oh, and by the way--my highly popular online quilt class Darned Quilts opens this week at Academy of Quilting. I hope to see you there!