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Your Daily Routine: Shake It Up Baby!

leveeI have walked my dogs on the levee of the Kaw River most every day for years (and years).  This section of the levee is outside of town in the country, quiet, and quite lovely as you can see in the photo.  Trees flank the levee on one side and corn fields stretch to the horizon on the other.   Dragonflies, swallows, blue heron, night hawks, eagles, migrating birds, vultures, deer, toads, frogs, snakes, and other wildlife make it extra interesting.  Toby chases and hunts while I decompress, relax, and commune with all that is. 

Recently, I found myself turning around to head back before my usual sign marker.  Granted it was during our “bake an egg on the pavement” heat wave, but still it was a sign that I’d gotten bored with the route and needed to shake it up.  How could I get bored with that beautiful stretch of nature?  It happens.

I know of many places to walk, but this one is convenient and efficient, and my busy life welcomes efficiency.  And so does Toby because he doesn’t have to be leashed and he’s sure of a walk, no matter what. 

dogparkBut enough of a good thing.  Today we went to the off leash park near Lake Clinton.  It’s some distance across town, but I’m going to build it into my mix as a special treat.  Now that I’m thinking outside the box, I’ve got a short list of other ideal walking locations.  Feels good.

Before walking today I followed Qigong master Chunyi Lin’s recommendation to bring awareness to my movement with this statement:  “On my walk, all my channels are going to become clearer, I will open my heart to nature, and by the time I’m finished, my energy will be much stronger.”  I wrote this on an index card and will keep it in my car to reference until I no longer need the reminder.

What habitual routines are you growing tired of?  Same sack lunch?  Same evening prayer?  Same meditation routine?  What daily routine could you shake up a bit to make it more plump, like fluffing a feather pillow?  Please comment at the link below.

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  1. I love the pink energy around Toby in the top picture.

  2. Cheryl Miller says:

    Well that’s cool Karmel – I didn’t even notice! He’s a pink kinda guy.

  3. Rita Wilson says:

    Cheryl, sounds like this must be what I’m experiencing. Guess I’d better get the brain busy shaking it up for the ole dog and me.

  4. Cheryl Miller says:

    Hi Rita – shake it up baby! Let us know what you wind up changing and how it works for you.

  5. Susan says:

    Lol. Great post. Toby certainly is a pink kinda guy. :) great pics of him – and happy as can be!

  6. Cheryl Miller says:

    Hi Susan: Yes he is a happy guy – always really. I need to take happy lessons from him. He confronted a possum last night but before things got ugly I made him come in the house. I think he was happy he didn’t have to fight that strange ugly thing. Me too!


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