On the Towpath TrailPosted: September 29, 2012
Mindfulness is being aware of yourself, others, and your surroundings in the moment. When consciously and kindly focusing awareness on life as it unfolds minute by precious minute, you are better able to savor each experience. Also, being closely attentive gives you the opportunity to change unwise or painful feelings and responses quickly. In fact, being truly present in a mindful way is an excellent stress reducer and, because of that, can be seen as consciousness conditioning, a strengthening workout for body, mind, heart, and spirit.
~ Sue Patton Thoele
I went for a 12-mile bike ride on the Towpath Trail yesterday, starting in Boston Mill and ending at the Rockside Station where I caught the train back to Boston Mill. It was a glorious day for a ride.
Today is not too shabby either, although I haven’t spent as much time outdoors as I’d like. It’s been a good day for chores (throw open the windows and doors!) and laundry. I am looking forward to bed tonight because I don’t think there’s anything better than clean sheets that have been dried on the line soaking in the fresh air and sunshine.
I did take my walk around the pond, but I’m too lazy to run upstairs to grab the camera and upload the pictures. I can tell you a little about it.
The air is dry and crisp, almost like autumn leaves. It started out clear and sunny with clouds drifting in this afternoon, possibly getting ready for tomorrow’s rain. I’m hoping the clouds won’t be too thick this evening. I’d like to see the Harvest Moon as it comes up from behind the trees.
Leaves are falling and gathering around the edges of the pond, on the ground and in the water. The red-tailed hawk has been hanging around every morning, looking for breakfast. The kingfisher flies across the back of the pond, chattering at me while I walk.
The asters and goldenrod are starting to droop and turn brown. I didn’t see any praying mantises or dragonflies today. The bees, however, are making quite a buzz in the meadows, filling up on pollen and nectar, and getting ready for winter.
That’s it from the Bogs on this glorious Saturday. Thank you for visiting. It’s a good day for a walk around the pond or a row in the boat. Be careful by the hemlocks. The yellow jackets (wasps) have a nest somewhere around there and they seem pretty angry lately. No one has gotten stung yet, but it’s best not to hang around that area too long.
Wishing you a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.