In the heat of a summer day in the city, I seek out the shade where ever it pops up. Even the concrete sidewalks exude steam. A modern skyscraper intrigues me with its covered and well shaded walkway. I step into its protective shadow. Immediately there is a new bounce in my step. I feel a gentle tingling rising up from beneath my feet. The heaviness I was feeling is now transformed into lightness. My feet are happy though they are clad in my usual flip-flops. I look down at the pavement. But it is not pavement at all. This walkway is covered in large slabs of grainy granite. Beneath my flip-flops I can feel the ridges. It feels as if I am on a magic conveyor belt that is charged with an energy that my usual walk down that same sidewalk has never produced. I am elated.
I step back out onto the concrete sidewalk when the covered granite path ends. The sun glare prevents me from seeing. Gradually the heat from the pavement is sucked up through my feet and the sensation from the granite slabs is left behind.
I’m not sure what happened. The covered granite walkway is on a route that I travel daily. I now make sure to walk there regularly. And every time it happens. My feet tingle and I am energized. I once tried it with closed shoes. I thought maybe the flip-flops may have had something to do with the sensation but the tingling was there then too.
I don’t know where this granite path is leading me but I am willing to follow it and eager for the many paths ahead.