By Shefa Ali
Don’t you just love how it turned to winter in Qatar over night? One of the things I love about winter is that I can walk. It’s so enjoyable, even to walk alone, quality me time, observing Mother Nature. Once I finish my walk, I feel like I have replenished my entire being.
I use my walks as time to quieten my mind, to focus on my breathing. Sometimes I walk on the Corniche, take a seat on the wall and just breathe. I count slowly, deep, rhythmic breaths, it calms me and I relax into solitude, no matter how many people are around.
Sometimes if I sit really still, I am greeted by fish, other times I simply observe them gracefully swimming past me. Instead of looking down at my phone screen I look down at my feet for small creatures. Sometimes I lose my shoes and I gain some perspective. That feeling of bare feet on the ground, the sea or even mud is so soothing.
Seeing all that nature comforts my soul and reminds me of my own insignificance. Makes me feel as if my worries are trivial and not worth worrying about at all. Being at one with nature, gives me a feeling of power and strength, it reminds me I am part of something truly majestic.
The weather in Qatar right now is glorious, I love the soft glow of the winter sun on my skin like a warm hug, it makes me feel happy and healthy.
Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active and become healthier. You don’t have to walk for hours, a brisk 10-minute daily walk can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.
* The author is a consultant and coach. Instagram handle: @miss_shefa, Website: missshefa.com
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