The teenager walk
This is similar to the better-marriage walk in that you’re essentially taking someone who is uncommunicative and getting him to open up.
First step: tell your moody teen that you’re going to the supermarket and ask if he’d like to come along and pick out some food. When he heads for the car, tell him you’re walking and invite him along. Bingo.
The figure-it-out walk
There’s something about putting one foot in front of the other that focuses the mind and brings clarity. A problem that might have overwhelmed you originally, or one that appeared to have no clear solution, will often solve itself during a walk.
First step: don’t dwell on the problem. Instead, think about it to start, then let it go. Your subconscious will keep working on it, and before long, a solution will appear. Magical.
The spiritual walk
Spiritual contemplation doesn’t have to take place in a church or temple. This weekend, take a walk in the big cathedral that’s all around you – the one too many of us overlook.
First step: think about what you’re thankful for or make the time holy by dedicating it to a loved one or someone who’s struggling. Solitary, mindful walking can be just as meditative as prayer.