From my bedroom window I can see the lush green belt that caps Mt Victoria. It’s my home day so I decided to take my dog, Evie, for a walk up to the lookout and down to Oriental Parade. It is early July and unusually there is hardly a breath of wind. The sea and the sky are blue and the wooden bungalow houses glow in the bright sunshine. It was a stunning walk up the bush trails to the lookout from which you can view the city of Wellington on the bowl-shaped harbour. At the summit I did a short meditation while Evie did the same. Isn’t it great how dogs can just switch off and chill out?
Usually I have a swim on my days off but I haven’t been for a swim for over a week now. I started swimming for the mental health benefits but I can also feel my body getting fitter and stronger, even if I am not loosing any weight. The mental health experts say that exercise is good for you, even if you don’t enjoy it at the time. Well luckily I was enjoying it, that is until I started to challenge myself to go for a new personal best. I was thrilled the day that I swam one kilometre, that’s 40 laps in the Kilbirnie pool. I’m not good enough yet to do it without any stops but that was to be my next challenge. However the next time I did 40 laps I was near to tears by the time I finished. I cry enough these days without bringing it on myself. I decided that I was pushing myself just a little too much. I don’t need to feel emotionally as well as physically exhausted! So it was time to be gentle on myself.
So I will head back to the pool on Friday after a couple of week’s off. I do miss the feel of the water around my buoyant body. It takes me back to stunning memories of the time we spend in the Caribbean in 2011. It’s not hard to recreate the amazing sensation of the sun on my face as I floated on my back, accompanied by the underwater sound of the sand shuffling back and forth as the waves lap on the shore. (It puts a smile on my face as I think about it right now.)
What a wonderful holiday that was. I have so much to be grateful for. (You can check out this trip on http://redconstance.wordpress.com/)