On the last day of our recent trip to New York City, my husband and I were blessed with a gorgeous, mild, sunny day. One of our activities was a walk along the High Line, an elevated, unused section of railroad in Manhattan that has been repurposed as an aerial greenway and rails-to-trails park. In addition to spectacular views of the city, the High Line features landscaping inspired by the natural plants that grew over the unused tracks, art installations of various kinds, and abundant seating for enjoyment of the views and the outdoors.
I found our afternoon walk along the High Line to be a highlight of our trip, and a large part of what made it so enjoyable was my feeling throughout of being fully in the present moment. Thanks to my present moment awareness, I was able to fully experience the beautiful weather, the interesting sights, and the pleasant sensations of walking outside. Experiences like this one help me become aware of the sometimes intangible effects of my consistent mindfulness practices and provide me with inspiration to continue along the path.