The Catharsis of a Scenic Hike
|You know, people’s lives are just a little crazy. Things can often seem crazy at work. It’s crazy keeping up with the kids and their schedules, or social and other obligations. Even having fun out on a Saturday night can get a little crazy! Every once in a while in our lives, our bodies need to relax, regroup and rejuvenate. It’s a lofty goal indeed, when we are stuck in grid-lock traffic at rush hour, racing around the mall to buy last minute gifts, or fast approaching a deadline we have worked very hard for. But rejuvenation is essential. Why do you think yoga has become a more popular practice in the last twenty or thirty years? I practice yoga, and I love it. Especially when I can practice outside, or in a calming, beautiful environment. I must say that getting outside and breathing the fresh air, participating in nature – whether walking, hiking, biking, or practicing yoga – is extremely cathartic. There is nothing like it. My new love is just getting out for a walk, or hike – someplace with beautiful scenery or views, where my mind can be drawn away from the pressures of life.
After days of working inside, cooped up and feeling a certain communion with my internet connection, I’d had enough. I needed to get out of our little condo and into the fresh air
(we live in Aspen, Colorado, where all the condos are small – it’s much like New York City – not much space). We drove to the guard rails on Independence Pass, where it gets locked up for the winter season. We parked, got out and started walking. Granted, it wasn’t a real back-country hike (we were walking on pavement), but we went at a good clip for over an hour before turning around. The crisp, cool air was fantastic (and since most of this part of the pass gets full Southern exposure, we weren’t in danger of freezing). The best part was the magnificent views! It felt so great to be outdoors, taking it all in!It’s times like these, when I get what I like to call my more “creative” ideas. I can fantasize or get lost in the wonder of the wilderness. My imagination goes wild! One such wild adventure of the mind started like this: I noticed how I was sweating hot, even though I only had yoga pants, a bra top and a light fleece jacket on. The air kept cooling most of my body down, but it seemed my chest stayed pretty warm (and even sweaty)! It was then that my mind took leave. I wonder if my chest isn’t cooling off because I have silicone implants?
I admit, it was a twisted comical moment. Why on earth was I thinking about whether or not my ta-tas would freeze anyway? Leave it to me to ask the question loads of girls have wondered (haven’t they?), but were too afraid to ask!
The point is, I went on this great walk, and I experienced some incredibly peaceful, contemplative moments, as well as plenty of laughs along the way. It was actually an enjoyable experience for the self-proclaimed city girl that I am! But it also cleared my head. Believe me, I have plenty of things going on in my life to cloud or distort my thoughts and stress me out! This little jaunt took me to another world, and I relished the moment, as well as the wonderful benefits to my body!