Walking: A Wonderful Source of Energy

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My father used to say that if we were supposed to drive or fly we would have wheels or wings. That’s how he argued walking being the most natural way of moving.

That may sound like a little wisdom. However, moderate exercise is scientifically proven to be an excellent recipe to reach longevity in physical and mental youth. Many successful people consciously walk a lot. When did you go for a long walk the last time? Do you remember the refreshing effect of walking outside in the fresh air, meeting nature and the neighborhood? What else do we need for activating our body and inspiring our mind.

We are talking about walking not as a means to get from one place to another, but rather as a form of mindfulness practice that is recognized and endorsed by Buddhist teachers to be an excellent form of meditation even. Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in his book How To Walk describes the love for and benefit of walking as follows: “With each step, I come home to Earth. With each step, I return to my source. With each step, I take refuge in Mother Earth.” You can say these words while you are walking.

I prefer walking over sitting meditation, and I’ve also made great experiences with listening to audio-books during my long walks like a perfect way to absorb ideas and unlock my creativity. And by the way, it doesn’t matter whether you walk in nature or the city, alone or not, by day or by night.

So, if you feel stuck, why don’t you go for a walk and rediscover that our long walk on this planet is such a joyful one.

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About mathias sager

PSYCHOLOGIST and Independent Researcher I'm born in Zurich and grew up in Switzerland. For many years I lived in Tokyo, and also in Pune/India. I'm passionate about developing human potential, which is an overarching theme throughout all my work that is based on research and supported by intuition and art. Through teaching, counseling, and leading indivuals and teams around the world my goal is to inspire with interdisciplinary, innovative, and cross-cultural approaches to personal and professional development for individual well-being and the common good alike. Happy if you reach me on www.mathias-sager.com, connect on social media, or email directly to goodthings@mathias-sager.com. Developing human potential is my passion! - Independent Awareness Intelligence Research (mathias sager - Psychology, global) - MSc in Psychology (University of Liverpool) - Postgraduate in Conflict Management, Leadership and Crisis Communication (University of Applied Sciences Winterthur, Switzerland) - Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA, iimt Fribourg, Switzerland) - Bachelor in Education Sciences (Switzerland)
  • I love walking. I walk everywhere. Being in NY for 20 + yrs made that possible. Just moved to another state where walking isn’t that popular but I try to walk a little every day. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy!

  • thanks to my dogs I’m forced to walk every day ?

  • Walking is my favorite mode of transportation.

  • Wi have always walked. It is, ws you so well note, a joy!
    Thank you for following my blog.

  • Thx for the follow ! Walking keeps me sane! Great post!

  • Akhila says:

    Walking is one of the best healing techniques too, not only physically but mentally also..

  • Patty says:

    Yep, me too; rather walk or work in the garden then sitting meditation.
    Great article Mathias.