I go for a walk every day (almost every day, I hate it when I miss) because while I am walking
- Mental knots unravel
- Stresses fall away
- Unruly emotions settle themselves down
- Ideas are sparked
- Inspiration dawns
- I feel energized
- I breathe deeply
- Tensions ease
- Possibilities seem to open up
- I enjoy the fresh air & just being outside
- Gratitude comes to me naturally
- I am getting solitude, which I need a fair bit of
- I find it easy to stay in “the Now” – the present moment
- I get writing ideas
- I find it easy to “flap my wings” in the Eckhart Tolle phrase, & let go of negativity
- It feels so darn good!
- The sensation of equanimity arrives, & that feels good too, & finally
- (so far, anyway), it keeps me this side of the psychiatric ward
& thinking about all this makes me think also of synergy – that wonderful phenomenon of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts, or what I think of as the unexpected stuff that comes off the top when you do certain things & cool things you didn’t expect to happen, happen.
Like using public transportation because it’s good for the environment & discovering how much less stressful & way more pleasant it is to ride, say, the GO train into Toronto, than driving. Huge…
& doing environmental work because I wanted to help make the world a better place for my kids (& everyone) & discovering how good the work makes me feel & what incredible friendships I’ve developed with the most awesome, awesome people.
Yup yup yup.
Synergy. It’s grand!
‘Quote of the day' with this post: “A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Paul Dudley White, physician (1886-1973)
p.s. I plum forgot to mention that walking is also good exercise, & good exercise is good for my body as well as my soul!
p.p.s. more good quotations about walking here