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A Walk In The Woods

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Cold Spring, NY ~ January 2013

Cold Spring, NY ~ January 2013

For many, many moons now I’ve had the great fortune of a “standing“, weekly walk in the woods with a friend.  Last week, she suggested we tread a new path.

Cold Spring, NY ~ January 2013

Cold Spring, NY ~ January 2013

So, we did. We saw some interesting new sights…..

Cold Spring, NY ~ January 2013

Cold Spring, NY ~ January 2013

…and met a few new friends along the way. Standing still and strong and beautiful were two deer watching us, curiously and cautiously as we passed.

Cold Spring, NY ~ January 2013

Cold Spring, NY ~ January 2013

Be true to your work, your word and your friend. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Mostly we lost sight of the path and got lost in the hour’s chatter like we always do. We talk about everything and nothing, all of which encompass the important happenings of our lives. We exchange intimate details that are meant to be freely shared with someone who will keep them safely to themselves. Trust. This ritual helps me stay centered within, ever reminding me to be grateful for the peace and beauty in the people and places that surround me and the ability to see them, touch them and be with them, giving me all I need to go forth.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.  ~ Henry David Thoreau

Wappingers, NY ~ January 2013

Wappingers, NY ~ January 2013

For me, this is…

living life to the fullest, while fully awake. ~ Henry David Thoreau

What do you do to center yourself?

Photo Credits #1-4: Karen Szczuka Teich & Takingtheworldonwithasmile.com

  1. January 20, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Such beautiful pictures of your walk. Sometimes it pays to change paths and get off the same old track.

    • January 20, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Yes, it does Lady. Thank you for the compliment and comment!

  2. jjm
    January 20, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I’m grateful to be that walking partner…thank you (weekly!)!

  3. January 20, 2013 at 9:10 am

    i’m not sure what i do to center myself. . . i guess i’d better work on that.
    Lovely post, Karen.

    • January 20, 2013 at 9:18 am

      I’ll bet you’re doing it without even realizing it Breida. All your lovely crafty accomplishments must bring you a fantastic source of inner peace & satisfaction. Thanks for reading & commenting!

  4. jen
    January 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Walking does it for me, too. Any time you’re feeling the itch for a spontaneous second walk in your week do give me a call!

    • January 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Will do Jen!! Nothing like a stroll with a friend. Thanks so much for reading & commenting 🙂

  5. Karl
    January 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Not enough 😦

    • January 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Karl, you seem like a pretty centered dude to me. All the time. 🙂

  6. January 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Oh, I just love this post…love the pictures, love the quotes from Henry Thoreau, and love the sentiment that true and deep friendship possesses. I center myself by writing (for my blog), by praying, by riding my horse, and I get completely grounded for sure when I meet with my bff for a nice long dinner and chat every other month or so. And, just Friday afternoon with some extra hours to spend with my little one due to a minimum day at school, we hit the beach here and enjoyed 65 degree temps, no wind, and beautiful sun and ocean. Love you, friend! XOXO-Kasey

    • January 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks Kasey! Wonderful ways to center yourself. And for your girl too. What a great power of example & mama you are! We’re hold at 27 degrees tonight with a light white dusting. Brrr!! xoxo

  7. January 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Like my recent post suggests, walking on the beach was always very theraputic for me; just something about walking in ankle deep water and the soft sand and the sounds of the sea. Since Cloudy is gone I gon’t get those walks anymore and the girls are certainly way to small to go for one. I love your picturese in this post and they remind me of my home in PA and the quiet forest where you can hear anything that moves, plant or animal. I do miss those walks.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      I agree Andy, walking is the way to go. You will surely be afoot again once you get settled and get your new dog!

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