I love walking! During the summer months, what I look forward to most is getting up at the crack of dawn to walk around our city’s little lake. As I take in the fresh Northern Ontario air, I can see the sun slowly rise, the ducks happily swimming and looking for their next meal – which is never far away thanks to the local grandpas idly sitting by with their bag of week-old bread.
During this time of solitude, I plan. I dream. I create. I envision. I become inspired to act. I don’t know what it is, but there is something magical about walking, something so cathartic and meditative that it does become addictive.
I wanted to blog about walking because I feel that it’s such a low-cost way of ensuring a positive start to your day, or a way of decompressing at the end of a long day. What’s more, with the help of audiobooks, I’ve created my personal “on-the-go leadership university.” I ’don’t think there is anything better than to be out in nature (or on a treadmill if the weather is truly terrible) while filling your mind with inspiring ideas! How’s that for creating daily upward spirals?
In Good Company
We all know that walking has tremendous positive side-effects, but did you know that some of the world’s greatest thinkers also adopted this very positive habit? Here`s what blogger Mark Sisson has to say:
o Aristotle – philosopher -conducted his lectures while walking around and addressing his students.
o William Wordsworth – poet – walked hundreds of thousands of miles to help him write.
o Charles Dickens – author – who would walk around all hours of the night on the London streets received inspiration for his works.
o Henry David Thoreau – saunterer – wrote the essay, Walking. His walking routine helped him discover new temples, sites, and places of worship.
o John Muir – naturalist – who helped preserve Yosemite, Sequoia National Park found that walking and climbing helped make nature his home and his haven.
o Nassim Taleb – a contemporary writer – found that walking has helped him combat the necessary stressors in his life.
o Patrick Leigh Fermor – a British Special Operations officer during WWII – found that his year-long walking journey from western Holland to Istanbul had transformed him from a boy into a man.
o Soren Kierkegaard – writer – found that his two main passions were writing and walking. Through his walking, Kierkegaard was able to create and compose. Walking was a source of inspiration and inner strength.
o Ludwig van Beethoven – music composer – would take several breaks during the day to regroup, think, reflect and recharge before going back to composing.
These famous personalities walked to gain a new lease on life, evade or deal with problems, think, be inspired, discover, and maintain an overall sense of inner peace and well-being. Why wouldn’t it have the same benefits for you?
If you are not already walking on a daily basis, I highly recommend you start! Every thousand-mile journey starts with that first step! So, walk-on!
What About You?
Do you have a daily walking ritual? If so, where do you enjoy walking? What do you do when you walk? Observe? Listen to music? Listen to an audiobook? Think?
I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to leave a comment in the reply box below!
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