Day 2: Walking in the Rain

Take a Walk in the Rain~ I've always loved walking in the rain.
There have been many times my mother and I have walked the dirt road, on the farm, in not just a drizzle, but pouring rain. As long as there's no thunder and lightening, we keep on walking.
You may wonder why walking in the rain is of significance as I strive to live healthy and whole. That's because activities like walking in the rain encompass the essence of what "living whole & true" mean to me. The next 40 days are not just about diet and exercise. Photobucket This 40 day journey is about making time for all the things that bring about the brightest smile within my soul.
Walking in the rain is one of those things. Photobucket Wanna know what I love about walking in the rain?
More often than not you have the trail to yourself.
The birds, the bunnies, the ducks, the geese, they all come out to play. It's like they get all frisky; nibbling on goodies in the grass and splashing about in the puddles.
PhotobucketThese are things you can only see while walking the trails in the rain. Doogan and Isabelle were frisky too!
I felt very centered and grounded while walking in the rain today. Lately I've had trouble staying focused as I pray. That's really embarrassing to admit, but it's one of the reasons I've dedicated myself to whole & healthy living over the next 40 days. My mind has felt cluttered. Like it's constantly racing and can't settle down.
Do you ever feel like that? Photobucket I can remember phases in my life when I could pray in gratitude for hours while out walking. Praying was effortless. My mind was free and uncluttered and connected. That's where I wanna be. I'm so thankful to love a God who stays in touch with the most tender parts of my heart. He never leaves me. Even when I struggle to focus as I pray {which is very embarassing} He is there and waiting. Photobucket Today in the rain I had a good talk with God. 
This was a gift I would have never received had the fur-balls and I not set out in the rain on a walk. Whole living encompasses all the things that are truest to yourself. You know you're living "whole" when what you're doing everyday makes your heart beam and your soul feel satisfied and nurtured. It's easy to get off track. It's far too easy to wander in directions that take us away from living true to who we are, way deep down inside.
Especially in the world today.  Think of all the distractions. Think of all that our minds juggle everyday. Think of all the energy we use on a daily basis just keeping up with what everyone else is doing via Facebook, and Instagram, Twitter and blogs.
It's no wonder I've had trouble grounding my thoughts and achieving my goals. Photobucket Needless to say I was grateful for the rain today.
And thankful for Doogan and Isabelle to share my day with.
I'm also grateful for you.
Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
Photobucket Happy Healthy-Whole Living my Friends!
Love & hugs!
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14 comments:

  1. I truly enjoyed this post Teresa. Love that you just lay it all out there. You aren't the only one who feels that way. We all do. From time to time. Love all the pics of your walk in the rain. And all the pics of Doogan and Isabelle! You live in a gorgeous part of the US! I must visit there one day. Have a good day T!
    xo
    Jeanne

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    1. Jeanne!
      You are such a sweet friend way across the country on the East Coast!
      Maybe you can visit Bainbridge Island one day!
      Bring the fur-babies!
      Doogan and Isabelle send snuggles!
      xo

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  2. YES!!!
    You are inspiring Miss Teresa. 40 days--here we go!
    :)

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    1. Love you Annie!
      Scheduling the 6 a.m. yoga class with you every Wed.!
      What a great way to begin the day!
      xo

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  3. Just beautiful, Teresa....all of it. The pictures, your words, everything. I get unfocused, too, sometimes. Maybe I need to take a walk in the rain. Our scenery is not as pretty as yours, though.

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    1. Girly you need to take a RUN in the rain!
      You're a RUNNER...remember! ;)
      Thanks for inspiring me everyday Bridget!
      xo
      Heart you!

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  4. It's raining...again! Thank you for reminding me that the rain is a blessing. Lucy ( our standard poodle) and I are going for a walk. Thanks T! Cheryl Ann

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    1. Thanks for Cheryl Ann!
      You are a blessing and such a sweet source of encouragement!
      xo

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  5. Beautiful images & words Teresa. Sometimes I think a walk in the rain is just what the Dr. ordered. Living in the Pacific Northwest means embracing the rain ;). Good luck with your 40 healthy days! You are an inspiration my friend!

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    1. Thanks for popping by sweet island friend!
      EMBRACE the RAIN!
      I love it!
      You inspire me too!
      And I want chickens now!
      xo

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  6. I love this post. But I have a different kind of question for you. One to do with your fur babies. We have 3 golden retrievers and when it's wet outside (which isn't often in this Texas drought!) I have to fight the urge to constantly bathe them. Dog funk is just something special! kidding!!! So when you go on these great walks, in the rain, do you go home and bathe them every time?

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  7. Great post- I know what you mean about being distracted even when you are praying - or trying to pray. I think I am just on overload sometimes and thinking about all I should be doing -or didn't do-or did and shouldn't have done. I think it is the worldliness around us that keeps us from a closer connection with God sometimes...good/evil.
    Congrats on staying focused on your plan- xo Diana

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  8. I find living here that you HAVE to walk/run in the rain - I'm slowly acquiring the right gear to stay dry.

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  9. Something about rain always makes me feel closer to God. Unless I'm in a car and it's raining in Houston traffic. Then it's a different type of prayer. :)
    The dirt of life so easily attaches and can distract from our true purpose. So glad you found the refreshing you needed. "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jer 29:12-13

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