Heighten Senses With Night Walk
Sometimes when I take a night walk, Longfellow’s Evangeline might stir my imagination further: This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, bearded with moss and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight… I offer thanks to my eighth grade language arts teacher, Miss Bright, for the rote memorization of the first lines of the epic poem. Indeed, the poem can help anyone find solace as the darkness swallows the path.
Finding Perspective in Darkness
Even on a block where everything is familiar, darkness can change everything. It makes the known, unknown. It helps us to become more aware of the movement of the stars, the sound of our footsteps, and the rustle of the wind. Moreover, a night walk heightens our senses, because entering darkness triggers conditioned fears. Why? The shadows may seem longer and cause hearts to beat faster. And, my imagination can get the best of me. What is around the corner? Is it really safe to walk in my quiet neighborhood at night? Legitimate questions for any woman to ask herself when going for a dark stroll. Yet, wondering about such things helps to sharpen our senses, which can help us the next time we are at the desk trying to scratch out an assignment or a journal entry.
Take your own night walk. After you get home, record the following observations in your journal:
- What did you notice more in the dark than in daylight?
- Where did the walk take you?
- When did you become afraid or concerned about your safety? Was it a true threat or a conditioned fear from childhood?
- Were you approached by anyone or anything?
- What memories popped up for you?
Return to your answers at a later time. Then, select one to elaborate upon or expand.
Here’s to growing your flow,