For this mediation hike we'll be walking on 3 interconnected loops - starting out on a greenway spur; then circling clockwise to walk on the Lake Trail (uneven, rocky/rooty surface), Paw Paw Trail (fairly even surface) and Pine Cone Trail (also a fairly even surface). I'm estimating the total distance at 3 to 3.5 miles.
Since this walk is naturally broken up into thirds, we'll be focusing on three different practices on these sections ... after walking-and-talking on the greenway until we shift onto the Lake Trail:
• Lake Trail - we'll be focusing on the external here-and-now. Actually, you'll need to be fully present to the micro (trail surface) and you'll want to be fully present to the macro (lake views and accompanying wildlife).
• Paw Paw Trail - we'll be focusing on the internal here-and-now. Since the trail is easier, our minds can easily wander, so we'll use this section to focus on breath, mantra and/or senses (what you see/feel/hear) ... more about this when we meet.
• Pine Cone Trail - we'll shift into gratitudes for this final stretch. This trail has exercise stations on it ... for each station we'll shift into a new gratitude - holding the thought and feeling until the next station where we'll do the same for the next thankful.
Plan on 1.5 to 2 hours for this walk. There are lovely places to sit at the end of the walk to journal, sit-in-silence, and/or talk with others.