Walk along the shoreline of any of Muskoka’s idyllic lakes in the autumn, deciduous leaves bursting in an array of burnt colours, and you find yourself reaping unspoiled rewards only nature can provide. To do so mindfully, with a sense of surrounding in each of your steps, and you can turn a simple hike into a reflective practice.
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, says, “walking meditation is practicing meditation while walking. It can bring you joy and peace while you practice it. Take short steps in complete relaxation; go slowly with a smile on your lips, with your heart open to an experience of peace.” These thoughts resonate while walking on the pine-needle strewn trails of what was once Lady Eaton’s Bridle Path, hugging the waterside of Lake Rosseau. The esteemed Eaton family owned more than 50 acres of land here, which has, since 1967, been host to the independent school, Rosseau Lake College. In preparation of its upcoming 50th anniversary, the school has begun the process of restoring Lady’s Eaton’s Bridle Path; most recently a group of student volunteers helped to clear the stone steps that once led to her palatial cottage manor and garden. The manor no longer exists, but the newly renovated gardens give us a glimpse of her early 20th century tranquil lifestyle.
Hiking Muskoka’s trails in the fall, discovering igneous rock formations reflecting in the misty waters, glimpsing stolen moments of wildlife— this is not just an excuse for exercise. It is a chance to connect with the past, to being present in every step, heading towards a future full of gratitude for natural delights such as this to start the day.
Eric Daigle is the senior English teacher and Academic Lead at Rosseau Lake College.
This entry was posted on October 12, 2016 by Jim and Iris
“Thank you for the memorable sales and closing experience of finding the cottage of our dreams. A perfect fit for our needs.”I & E – Lake Muskoka cottage buyers
“Jim and Iris Gardiner were both amazing to deal with. A truly professional team. They shared a great deal of knowledge with us and really shed important light regarding potential Island Cottage ownership – all the pros and cons. Not only did they sell our existing cottage in 24 hours for much higher than our asking price they helped us find our new slice of paradise on Lake Muskoka in a very tight market. We are thrilled with our new cottage and love being on Eilean Gowan Island! We would highly recommend either Jim or Iris for any of your Real Estate needs!”J & D – Sold on Echo Lake and bought on Lake Muskoka
Jim did me a favor 20 years ago and I wanted to return the favor – I approached him and Iris at the cottage show and, even though I already had a real estate agent, he recommended a cottage property that I purchased and enjoyed for those 20 years. I therefore, tracked him down and had him be our agent in selling that property. Our priority was to find new owners that would be friendly and fit in well with the neighbors and Jim and Iris found the perfect couple Jim and Iris made the entire sale most enjoyable. The experience was so smooth and enjoyable that the sellers, the buyers and the real estate agents all got together for supper the following summer at our old cottage!K & L – Lake Muskoka
It is with great pleasure and appreciation for me to recommend the services of Jim Gardiner and the entire Gardiner Team. Jim’s awareness of community by-laws and market related activities extracted incremental value for us when we were finalizing the purchasing agreement.JB – Mirror Lake
Just want to tell you that you did a fine job for me on the cottage sale on Lake Muskoka. The sale has removed a huge load from my shoulders. Iris, just a note to thank you again. Money is in the bank!!!!!!BJ – Lake Muskoka