In this time of uncertainty, we believe staying connected is a simple way to keep positive and continue moving forward. That's why we put on our first-ever virtual event this week as part of our new Manifest Mornings series. To kick things off, Manifest Boston President Jen Reddy spoke with Libby DeLana, Creative Director and Co-founder of Mechanica, and creator of #thismorningwalk.
Libby shared the story of how she began, at age 50, her "radical act" of taking a walk every morning for eight miles. She's documented the experience each day for the past eight years on her Instagram account @parkhere with the hashtag #thismorningwalk. By walking the same route every day, Libby finds a way to truly see things, not just look at them. As an art director, the visual world is important to her work, and this meditative practice helps her slow down and focus her vision.
Rain or shine, Libby has committed to taking this walk, and has found that the days she didn’t want to go out have been some of the most meaningful. These walks are when she's had the most learning, understanding, and compassion for herself. Her practice is an emotional experience, as much as it is physical.
"These walks have become my best friend. They’re essential in my life," said Libby.
So what can each of us take away from Libby's practice?
Missed out on our chat with Libby? Not to worry — you can watch a recording of the conversation below and register to join us for the next Manifest Morning here. After you catch up (maybe while taking your own morning walk!), we recommend listening to Libby's personal playlist of songs for each of the last eight years in which she's been walking: