“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”
— Ansel Adams
Mindful hiking is about being present with your body, your surroundings, and going at a pace that allows you to take in the fullness of your experience.
Allow yourself the time and space to breath in the fresh air, smell the wildflowers, and hear the birds singing.
When you’ve reached the peak, allow yourself to absorb your efforts and be grateful for what your body has enabled you to do.
When you see your destination off in the distance, notice what level of excitement, curiosity and fear may come up for you.
Give yourself time to observe the changes in the sky as the sun rises and falls.
Slowly walk around your destination and take it in with all five senses.
Feel the cold turn to warmth as the sun rises. View the colors change as light shifts.
Listen to the sound of the creek while you observe the environment around you.
Notice the depths of the lake beneath you.
And finally, say your goodbyes with a sense of appreciation…knowing that change is inevitable and more will come.