The Pleasure Of Walking

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Walking is something we do all the time. From room to room, here to there, back and forth. We walk at home, at work and to exercise. We walk to transport ourselves and keep ourselves active. We even walk just for the pleasure of moving. We walk an average of 3,000 steps a day.

But have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you move the way you do?

Some of us shuffle, gallop, pace it out, others stride, drag and sometimes bounce. The way you walk can tell you so much about how you feel within yourself. For example;

  • Walking quickly with purpose or on a mission can feel exhausting if first you are not connected to your body.
  • Walking slowly and without any purpose or commitment can reveal how you are within yourself.
  • Walking and worrying or thinking about the future or past can make the walk itself a mission and not an enjoyable moment to feel your connection with you.
  • Walking just to get fit or transport yourself can mean the quality of the walking is no longer felt and the walking becomes robotic and care-less.

A Marker Of Truth

Your body is your marker of truth. This simply means that however your body is feeling is an indicator of how you are health wise and on an energetic level. So if you feel heavy and a dragging sensation in your body then something within you in not in harmony. If you feel nervous energy or overstimulated the body and organs are not in harmony.

Taking a short walk can open up a conversation you can have with yourself.

Developing a deeper relationship with YOU.

 

Walking with you and listening to your body can unlock information about yourself that is just waiting to be known.

Do you enjoy walking?

 

Start small. Bring awareness to yourself by breathing gently and with great care. Simply walk from room to room in your home. What do you notice? How does your body feel? Are you balanced, do you have a particular style? Are you connected with your body or are you in your head and disconnected with your body? The more aware we become of our walk the more we can support ourselves to enjoy this amazing movement we perform every single day.

6 simple steps to walking with pleasure.

 

  1. Stop and breathe gently. It’s great to begin with a clear start.
  1. Find your flow. Notice the movement of your arms and feet. Find your rhythm.
  1. Stay with your body. This simply means, don’t get ahead of yourself, following your thoughts but leaving your body behind.
  1. Connect with your head, shoulders and hips. Feel the flow of your legs as they move in time with your heartbeat. Allow your heart to guide your walk.
  1. Find your purpose. How you feel today. Why you are deciding to walk from A to B? Where are you are headed and how do you choose to take every single step?
  1. Enjoy yourself. Your body, your connection with yourself and your connection to the earth.

 

Walking with YOU

 can be one of the most pleasurable things you

choose to do every single day.

Start around the house, head out the door and around the block and pretty soon you will be venturing out into the world with your newly claimed walk.

Deeply connecting with your body and walking with grace can and will be your way to feel  your marker  in any given situation.

For example;

Am I feeling tired or run down?

Am I feeling connected with my purpose?

Do I have a lot of issues I need to resolve?

Walk your talk.

We hold all our choices in our body.

When we walk with commitment and a real sense of purpose we unlock the old patterns and behaviours we once had that held us back. These patterns might be ways we have used our bodies, eating habits, ways we are with others, old conversations, unresolved issues. The choices we have made in the past can be released simply by walking and becoming aware of them to release them from our bodies. It takes a little practise and a choice to feel more connected but wow the benefits are forever available.

Walking with your body and claiming your true natural

self can feel free and fabulous.

So next time you decide to walk from A to B or even take a walk out in nature, make a choice. A choice to connect with your body and enjoy your stride. A choice to walk with purpose. A choice to care about you and your amazing body. Who knows, before long you may feel like walking with others that have the same feeling to connect.

Group Walking

 

Why not enjoy gently walking as a group? In a group you can feel your own walking style and the power of the group holding you all together as a connected community. The group like a flock of birds, holds its own rhythms and pulse. The group walk allows for discussion that can take you into a deeper dialogue just by the fact that you are all walking with a similar purpose. The group walk brings a greater awareness to you as a team member. The group walk is very powerful and the benefits are many.

 

So with all the rhythm and movement of your soul…

May the walking begin.

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It Fits You Perfectly.

It Fits You Perfectly.

 

It was a simple dress really. It hung ever so innocently upon its wooden hanger. Seamingly uncomplicated and so beautifully formed. Rich, textural fabric speaking to me with every angle, every panel and every stitch. A story to be told. The lining, the fabric, the colours… even the design, all in harmony with each other.

Like a beautiful love song I got the feeling that this garment

had been designed with great thought and integrity.

Time stood still. I gently unzipped the dress and stepped into it feeling the cool satin lining gliding against my thighs. Placing my arms in and zipping it up, I felt like the world of fashion had just been born. Well my world anyhow. It fit like a glove and I felt like it was made just for me.

Can a piece of clothing really bring this much joy? Playfully I stepped out of the fitting room and proceeded to ‘vogue’ in front of the Sales Women. We all laughed and celebrated the sheer delight of fashion, sisterhood and good quality investments.

TO impress or to celebrate.

 

How often do we shop? Even find a garment that we love? My guess would be a lot, however do we dress to celebrate our bodies or  do we dress to look better than others, attract others or even to hide?

Wearing clothes is an everyday occurrence and yet as women we often don’t connect to the beauty of our bodies before choosing what to wear. We look for the perfect garment that hides our flaws and outwardly impresses. But why are we hiding so called  ‘flaws’? Who are we trying to impress and is the perfect garment really what it ‘seams’?

The Facts

All WOmen are beautiful. Yet low self confidence amongst women is at an all-time high with issues such as eating disorders, early sexual activity in teenage girls, substance use and suicidal thoughts filtering throughout society. Women do NOT feel good within their bodies. In fact we often feel tired and anxious. We feel pressured to improve, be better, be something more. As women we often apologise for being inadequate. We never seem to feel enough.

The Truth is …

As women we don’t need to get better. WE ARE ENOUGH.

Reclaiming our bodies in all their shapes, sizes and colours will bring true freedom

to every woman and girl on this planet.

Connection with our bodies is a simple daily choice. It starts with self-acceptance.

 

9 Divine ways to love and accept our bodies;

 

  1. Breathe. Re-Connect.
  2. Enjoy the ebb and flow of our cycles
  3. Celebrate our gender, size, colour and quirkiness
  4. Truly accept our body shape.
  5. Wash, touch and nurture our bodies with complete care
  6. Choose to eat food that is fresh, colour full and feels light.
  7. Choose to move tenderly & exercise gently.
  8. Choose to be in relationship with ourselves.
  9. Choose to know that we all matter, deep down we are all the same and we are ALL BEAUTIFUL in our unique expression.

When we are connected to our bodies we naturally choose clothing that expresses this.

WE re-member that our body is sacred and we can cloth it accordingly.

 

 

The Fashion Industry

Women dictate the fashion industry, not the other way around. It’s true.

So when we purchase garments that honour our bodies, not hide it or de-value it, we actually contribute to the fashion industries predictions and choices. YOU are in the forefront of the designers minds when making the next fashion forecasts. Therefore you have the power. So what will YOU choose?

Like a beautiful love song

I closed the door to the fitting room that day but my heart stayed open. It was open to the joy I felt as a woman in all my unique expression and in all my self-acceptance. I tried the dress on to celebrate the Goddess within. I was connected to the inner beauty that I am and I felt like this dress celebrated that beauty within me through its fabric and form. It reflected me.

The perfect garment for you?

There is a perfect garment for you too.

The truth is, the most beautiful garment any woman can ever possess is her own skin.

It is the precious external garment that holds the Divine internal you. Know it. Feel it. Love it and wear it with great appreciation, care and respect. It fits you perfectly.

Kathryn Fortuna is an Inner-Image Consultant with more than 30 years in the fashion & beauty industries. www.innermostbeauty.com

More about the dress…

CUE Clothing is a family owned, Australian business that first began in 1968. Its reputation for good quality and great design is a cut above the rest. From weekend to work… to party …CUE Clothing leads the way.

Cue works closely with its makers and the TCFUA Union to maintain an ethical workplace for its Australian manufacturers. Cue also works with prestigious fabric mills in Europe continually developing exclusive fabrics and print designs. These garments are literally pieces of art.

A CUE suit is a considered a must for every Woman’s walk- in and walk-out wardrobe and all the garments, from knits to dresses to coats are simply living and moving pieces of artistic expression… celebrating the beauty of a Woman’s form.

Timeless and ageless, these clothes allure the youth-full whilst seductively claiming the ageless beauties. We know quality when we see it, don’t we?

So next time you pass a CUE Clothing store remember… your first CUE moment might be waiting for you and head right in. Then that will be YOUR CUE.

For more ‘simple’ dresses like the one that Kathryn found visit her at

CUE Clothing store in Southland, Victoria. Australia or go to:

www.cue.cc