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.
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!
Sounds good, maintaining the habit even in a less triggering environment. Thank you for commenting and happy walking:-)
Same to you!
thanks to my dogs I’m forced to walk every day ?
That’s a great symbiosis:-). Yes, walking together with the dogs is great of course. Thanks for sharing!
Walking is my favorite mode of transportation.
Hopefully also with some recreational effect:-). Thanks and all the best!
Wi have always walked. It is, ws you so well note, a joy!
Thank you for following my blog.
Thanks for your comment and nice to meet you, respectively “walk” with you in the blogging world:-)
Thx for the follow ! Walking keeps me sane! Great post!
Thanks, happy to connect:-)
Walking is one of the best healing techniques too, not only physically but mentally also..
Yes, indeed. It’s balancing body and mind … Thanks for your appreciated input!
Yep, me too; rather walk or work in the garden then sitting meditation.
Great article Mathias.
Thanks Patty. Ah, yes, gardening is a great way too. Thank you for adding that! In central Tokyo though, gardens are not very common:-) All the best!
Hm…I think I couldn’t live in central Tokyo then. Would miss a garden to much. On the other hand…some pots fit everywhere 😉
Ha, ha, … I understand and yes, the “pot system” is very common here:-)