Mindful walking and rest

Two breathing techniques and a mindful walking podcast

Hello!

I hope this email finds you really well and not going too stir crazy as we navigate glacially through more of *all this*.

Things I’m doing to keep my brain quiet at the moment:

  • Reading

  • Playing Farmville 3*

  • Walking

  • Cooking - as long as someone has delivered all the ingredients to me in a large cardboard box full of small pouches, along with a recipe.

Cooking is fun, if you know you have all the ingredients, can give it a proper amount of time, have a drink while you’re doing it, and can be fairly sure the results are going to be good.

Then it’s just a matter of persuading the kids to eat what you’ve made.

I’ve nearly reached the end of another series of my daily walking podcast, Walk the Pod.

200 episodes in, it’s turning into a mindful walking show. I’m hugely enjoying experimenting with new breathing techniques, immersing myself in nature, and paying attention to what’s directly in front of me. I’d love it if you would join me.

My favourite breathing techniques are breathing with your feet, and ‘square’ breathing, both of which are described in the latest episode of Walk the Pod, S15E12.

The episodes are all reasonably short, recorded whilst walking a familiar cycle path, just 100m away from my front door in South West London.

If you haven’t listened to it yet, you can do so here. It’s available on Spotify and iTunes, and wherever you get your podcasts. If you can’t find it in an easy way, let me know!

The Walk the Pod walking club has been reading 4 brilliant books this series: The Wisdom of Anxiety by Sheryl Paul, The Art of Rest by Claudia Hammond, How to Own the Room by Viv Groskop and The Cloudspotter’s Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney. I’ve written a public Patreon post about the S15 reading list here.

If you’d like to join the Walk the Pod walking club, you can do so here for more frequent posts about what I’m reading and thinking about, my eternal gratitude AND a beautiful vinyl sticker of the show’s artwork to stick on your face.

When there are enough walkers in the walking club, I’m going to be running some IRL walks on the cycle path. If you’re within a stone’s throw (or a tube ride away) from SW20 - get involved! We can even walk into Wimbledon and watch the tennis on a big screen :)

You can reply to this email to let me know what you’re up to. It makes my day to hear from you!

Lots of love,

Rach xx

*If anyone knows how to grow avocados in Farmville 3, please let me know.