It's very very easy for me to exist in my head, while simultaneously existing outside my body. Or perhaps it makes more sense to say, it's easy for me to exist in my mind and outside my body. Sometimes I arrive somewhere and I'm surprised, because I can't recall having passed all the landmarks on the way. Or I wander down to the dryer to put something in the freezer. I am simply and completely unaware of my present circumstance as my mind races ahead of my physical self. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this!
So October will be a gift of noticing my self, my environment and God as I walk. This is easily built into my day since I walk to work. As I walk I want to walk with the intention of engaging my senses, paying attention with my whole being, rather than planning the rest of my day while I race past a world of sensory experiences. I want to notice the feeling of my feet on the pavement, and hopefully the crunch of leaves dropped by overhanging trees; the sounds of birds, and traffic, and households spilling out into the world; the smells of ...all the things that smell in my neighbourhood, good and bad; and the colours, the grey of concrete, the vibrant greens, golds, oranges and reds of the foliage. And maybe if I find that I've passed the shockingly aqua house partway down my street without noticing, I should have to start over again!