walking into sunset for article on moving/walking by Dr Anne Malatt

Self-care programme 2022: 4. Move


Welcome to Day 4 of 2022 and the opportunity to bring more love to your body and your life through the simple daily practise of self-care.

Today is a moment to move.

Practising self-care is not a time-consuming chore, but a way of being with yourself that cherishes the precious body that you have and the beautiful being it enhouses … so enjoy the process of developing this practice! It will revitalise you and bring a sense of lightness and joy to your body and being that you may not have felt for a while.

This year we are offering the space to (re)learn tools that take little time or effort, that don’t require you to go anywhere or do anything new, but which enrich the quality of the life you already live.

Each day for seven days we are offering a short introduction, some questions to reflect on, a short audio to listen to and an article to read… a few minutes of your day for just a week, which may well change the way you feel about yourself and life and ignite you for the year to come.

1. Stop

2. Breathe

3. Be in your body

4. Move

We are designed to move. Even when we are apparently at rest, sitting, or even sleeping, our body is moving. But what quality are we moving in?

The quality of our movement is determined by our level of conscious presence, which starts with a stop, breathing gently and being in our body.

When we are in our body, breathing gently, we can move in a quality that feels lovely. So stop, breathe, feel yourself in your fingertips and toes, and go for a gentle walk. It need not be long, just walk with yourself, feeling yourself in your body and staying with your breath. Keep your mind aligned with what your body is doing, and just keep reining it in and bringing it back to the body if it wanders off. Allow yourself to feel your body and the state it is in, with no judgement, just observing what is, as you move through your day.


Audio to listen to: Self-care moments: walking our way back


How does it feel to go for a walk in this way?

Is it tiring or energising?

Can you make space to do this each and every day, even if only for a few minutes?


Articles to read:

Walking … our way back home

What is the purpose of exercise?


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