Spiritual Practice Success Story: “I Am Inspired”

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Contributor: Mollie Player

About two months before giving birth to my son Xavier in November, I experienced a personal breakthrough: I started taking walks. A few months before that, I’d read a book called Communion With God by Neale Donald Walsch and at the end, he recommended long, mindful walks as a spiritual practice. Though I didn’t start right away, the thought lingered in my head until one day, the desire hit. And as I’ve learned, when the desire to do something hits–something that’s actually good for you–that’s a definite signal from the Universe to take it on.

So, I went on a walk. A long walk. A beautiful walk. And even though I had to pee most of the way (seven months pregnant, remember), I loved it. So, a few days later, I went again, and again a few more days later, and ever since then, it’s been almost an addiction. It gives me a physical high that greatly helps me enjoy the rest of my day.

Which was a good thing, of course. However, one day, while on one of these walks, I said the following prayer: “God, I don’t want to have just one source of inspiration and joy that I depend on solely. I need to find inspiration in other ways, too.”

Almost immediately, it seemed, that is exactly what happened. In the past few weeks, though I’ve enjoyed my walks as much as ever, I have been blessed with a feeling of inspiration and joy not just after my walks, but after waking up in the morning! I don’t know if it’s because I have my beautiful baby with me now, or if it’s because of all of that lovely breastfeeding-induced oxytocin, but what’s the difference? My prayer was answered. There is a serene smile on my face, even early on in the day, that was never there before–not as often, anyway. I find inspiration in music, in long baths, in sewing and house projects, in long conversations with friends … in so, so many different things.

It’s such a good feeling. And I plan to continue to cultivate it.

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21 comments

  1. Thank you. This is a great habit to get into … and one that is easy to get out of, to the detriment of your health and well being! Keep walking. You inspired me to keep moving. You might say, I was moved …. :)

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    1. Good, glad to inspire you a bit today.

      What I learned from this is that spiritual practices–what brings us closer to God–are as individual as we are. What works for you is what works for you.

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  2. That is ecstatically inspired. Mollie — thank you, you beautiful Mamma Jamma you!

    Wow and woah, I’m being flash flooded with some kind of inspirational side effect from reading this . . . .

    Evan

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  3. We each find our own strengths and ways to empower ourselves, I love long walks in addition to many other types of exercise (sprinting, hiking, martial arts, dance) and have been walking for many years, and was excited to read your blog on walking and the inspiration and good feelings you have experienced. I also have experienced such feelinds/states many times, long walks can produce a trance like state, not unlike tribal dance or deep meditation, provided you are focused on the walking and not too much of the external environment, enjoy the scenerey and wild plants, birds, etc, but I try to stay away from the industrial noises, also, if we are in a good mood etc, we are more likely to tune into out higher self and listen to what it is that we most want to do in life, or are most passionate about in the present moment.

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