Why I Walk

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