Mindfulness walking is engaging all your senses, with intention, on the present moment and environment as you move through it. This often triggers memories and sparks imagination. That was evident on Fulton Street, as walkers shared their experience after the walk.
“My parents used to bring me down here all the time. I couldn’t help but recall my childhood years that were spent on the Fulton Mall.” FMWalker
Walkers described their Fulton walk experience as ‘newspaper headlines’ and describe how they imagine Fulton Street in the future.
THIS IS AWESOME!
I REALLY DO BELIEVE IN DOWNTOWN FRESNO!
REVITALIZATION HAS HAPPENED
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME
PARTIES AND ENDINGS
NEW LUNCH DISCOVERIES FOR A MONTH
VACANCY RATE HUGE
I CAN REALLY HONESTLY SAY THAT THINGS ARE ON THE RISE.
THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO IN THE TOWN YOU LIVE IN.
On the morning of the much-anticipated celebration, dozens of walkers gathered in front of the Tree of Life Cafe to explore the details of the newly opened Fulton Street. After the stroll down Fulton Street from Ventura to Calaveras, walkers gathered to share their observations, memories, and imaginings.
Walkers had the pleasure of meeting three restaurant owners/chefs. Walkers heard the menu from Chef Ian at @thevineyardrestaurant, met chef Naomi R Hendrix at Raw Fresno, and were hosted by Chef Carolyn Ocheltree at Tree of Life Cafe.
Walkers shared these thoughts about the walk experience:
“Walking Fulton St. on opening day with a community of people, all united in our intention of mindfulness–deceptively simple, incredibly fulfilling stuff!” Red
“I must say I was a little nervous about walking with you guys. I have scoliosis, a bad knee and my 2 kids were with me. Your pace was perfect not too fast not too slow lovely walk. The interesting thing was my son who thought it was “dumb” before we went was actually the most into it; kneeling down for photos and wanting to use the real camera!” Heather
“A beautiful day for Fresno Mindfulness Walkers to enjoy Fresno’s newly renovated Fulton Mall before the rockin grand opening tonight! At every turn there’s beauty! And to top off the walk, found excellent food and drink at Los Ponchos.” Wendy
“My mom was on the volunteer committee at the grand opening of the original Fulton Mall, and now I’m here for today’s celebration. Things come around full circle.” FMWalker
“Fulton Street isn’t an event, it’s a new mindset for Fresno.” Lori
“I’m feeling so grateful for your initiative and guidance! Fresno Mindfulness Walks are inspiring me to “touch life more deeply and authentically.” Red
Walkers listed things that stood out to them on this walk:
OLD AND NEW TOGETHER
AGGREGATE LINES IN THE SIDEWALKS
WATER FEATURES – ONCE EMPTY FOUNTAINS ARE NOW RUNNING AND CLEAN
ARTWORK IN THE OUTDOORS
DOWNTOWN LIVING SPACES
POLICE TALKING TO MAN WITH SHOPPING CART
PEOPLE IN DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES LIVING IN THE OPEN
NEWLY PLANTED TREES
BOTANICA SAN JUDAS – SHOP WITH RELIGIOUS FIGURINES AND INCENSE
ORNATE LOBBY OF THE PATTERSON BUILDING
MAN WITH HIS OWN MUSIC
SOUNDS FROM FITNESS CENTER
STADIUM SOUNDS WITH CHILDREN AND SOCCER ANNOUNCER
CHAIN ROLL UP DOOR
CONVERSATION ON A BENCH
FRESH CUT GRASS
LAUNDRY DETERGENT – DRYER SHEETS
Every walk reinforces the truth that these are all our brothers and sisters, and all of our lives and futures are tied together. May that truth guide our words, behaviors, and decisions throughout the week.
To see photos from Walk 26 Yr 3 along the new Fulton Street:
Google photo album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/OJw24O26A4Ssefou1
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